Substance Use Treatment During Pregnancy

Substance Use Treatment During Pregnancy

Substance Use Treatment During Pregnancy


Accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Noon – 1 p.m. ET








The 2023 Live Opioid CME Series is FREE for members and nonmembers,

thanks to support by a State Opioid Response Grant from:

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Registration required.

Program description:

Labor pain is among the most severe types of physical pain that women may experience during their lifetime. Thus, pain relief is an essential part of medical care during childbirth. Epidural analgesia is considered the most efficient method of pain relief during labor. Nevertheless, patient preferences, contraindications, limited availability, and technical failure may require alternative pain-relieving methods during labor, including systemic pharmacologic agents and nonpharmacologic methods. 

The CDC is also taking specific actions to prevent opioid use disorder among pregnant women and women who could become pregnant to ensure those with opioid use disorder get proper treatment.

In this session, Mary Pell Abernathy, MD, will discuss the nuances of pain relief for patients during pregnancy, labor and delivery.


At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:  

  • Recognize the importance of shared decision-making when treating patients during labor and delivery. 
  • Describe pain relief options during labor and delivery.
  • Explain the use of multi-modal therapy for postoperative pain management. 
  • Understand Patient-Controlled Analgesia (PCA) dosing “by demand.”   
  • Discuss the importance of monitoring labor and delivery patients for respiratory depression.
  • Use the clinical exam rather than the patient’s prescribed dose of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to guide pain relief during pregnancy.



Mary Pell Abernathy, MD, MBA
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Union Hospital Health Group

About our speaker:

Dr. Abernathy, a maternal and fetal medicine physician, currently works with the Richard Lugar Center for Rural Health, a division of Union Health, to create a network of maternal and child health providers to serve women in the Wabash Valley. Her interests include maternal substance use disorder, preterm birth prevention and using innovative programs to decrease maternal and infant mortality. 

Dr. Abernathy has collaborated with policymakers and legislators to reduce preventable maternal and infant mortality and increase access to contraception to decrease unplanned pregnancies. She also co-leads the Indiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (IPQIC) women’s health task force to improve the health of Hoosier women throughout their lives. 

CME information:

Designation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Disclosure Policy: In accordance with The Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, educational programs sponsored by the ISMA must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. Prior to the activity, all faculty, authors, editors and planning committee members participating in an ISMA-sponsored activity are required to disclose to attendees any financial relationships with an “ineligible company” whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Disclosure Statement:  No member of the CME Planning Committee or our speaker have any relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company to disclose.


If you have questions, contact ISMA Continuing Medical Education staff at 800-257-4762 or

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 20, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. ET


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7/20/2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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