Stigma remains a barrier to women seeking help for Substance Use Disorders in pregnancy


On Health Report with Dr Norman Swan (ABC Radio),  Broadcast: 

Experts say more facilities are needed across Australia to keep women with substance use disorders and their babies together when it’s safe to do so, and research is urgently needed to know what early interventions and support these children need beyond infancy. And they say stigma is a major barrier to many women seeking help.


  •  Dr Stacy Blythe, Senior Research fellow at Western Sydney University and Registered Nurse
  • Kate Dodd, Manager, Phoebe House
  • Dr Ju Lee Oei, Neonatologist, The Royal Hospital for Women

Reporter: Sarah Sedghi

If you or anyone you know needs help:
you can call the Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Hotline on 1800 882 436,
or visit their website at,
or call the National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline on 1800 250 015
By J Pope

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