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Addiction and Pregnancy


Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Ave, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02118

What is Project RESPECT?

Project RESPECT (Recovery, Empowerment, Social Services, Prenatal care, Education, Community and Treatment), is a high risk obstetrical and addiction recovery medical home at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Project RESPECT provides a unique service of comprehensive obstetric and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant women and their newborns in Massachusetts. 

How does Project RESPECT help pregnant women struggling with addiction?

The majority of Project RESPECT patients are in recovery from opioid addiction. In-patient, monitored, acute substance withdrawal treatment and induction of opioid maintenance therapies for pregnant woman seeking addiction treatment are provided.  Intensive, individualized out-patient treatment plans are outlined for each patient based on the severity of their disease and their recovery progress.  The out-patient medical home model provides on site, collaborative and multidisciplinary care for pregnant and post-partum women in recovery. 

What kind of care is provided through Project RESPECT?

The Project RESPECT clinical team includes buprenorphine-waivered obstetric providers, a psychiatrist specializing in mood disorders in pregnancy, an addiction psychiatry nurse practitioner, and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  The team collaborates and coordinates all of the mom-to-be’s care with their inpatient obstetric, pediatric, psychiatry, social work, nursing and lactation teams to provide them with supportive and informed care. 

Besides physical health, how does the Project RESPECT team work to improve the lives of the women and babies they care for?

Project RESPECT works in collaboration with multiple community based organizations including local methadone clinics, residential addiction treatment centers, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Children and Families.

Project RESPECT is a regional leader in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders in pregnancy and is actively engaged with the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in education and outreach programs for the medical community.

The Team

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA, Director Project RESPECT, Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnancy at Boston Medical Center, Boston MA
Special Interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy, Buprenorphine Treatment, Addiction Medicine

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Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Special Interests: A. I am a General OBGYN practicing at Boston Medical Center and Codman Square Health Center. B. I provide obstetric care with project RESPECT at BMC for women with substance use disorders in pregnancy. C. I provide general gynecology care and surgery for issues related to abnormal bleeding, fibroids, pelvic pain, and endometriosis.

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Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Special Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Benign Gynecology, General Obstetrics, Substance Abuse and Pregnancy

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Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
Special Interests: perinatal psychiatrywith a focus on treatmen of pregnant women who are addicted, ADHD, PTSD

Ingrid St. Hill, MA

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Clinical Associate, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Andrea “Hutch” Warden, NP

Ana Cecilio, RN

Cassie Duran
Peer and Lactation Support

Beth Marron, LICSW

Contact Information

Monday-Friday 9a.m.-4:30p.m.

For questions about your pregnancy or medications: Call 617.414.4165

For prenatal care, social work & mental health appointments: Call 617.414.6376

After 4:30p.m. and weekends

Please call: 617.414.2000