Nurse Currents: Maternal Methamphetamine Use and Effects on the Fetus, Neonate and Child

Program Date: September 2011
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hour
This article is directed to perinatal and neonatal nurses about methamphetamine use and its effects on the pregnant woman and her newborn.

Methamphetamine has become the drug of choice for drug-dependent pregnant women. Meth-using mothers and their newborns are at higher risk for perinatal morbidity and mortality, compared to non-meth abusers. Neonatal nurses who care for meth-using mothers and their drug-exposed newborns are in a position to assess and identify these mothers and newborns, intervene in a timely manner, decrease morbidity, and improve outcomes.

Program Objectives:
* Identify methamphetamine as a stimulant and popular drug of abuse by pregnant women.

* Describe that mothers and their newborns exposed to prenatal methamphetamine are at high risk for perinatal morbidities and mortality.

* Name three effects of methamphetamine use on the pregnant woman.

* Name three effects of methamphetamine exposure in-utero on the neonate

Faculty Name: Sandra L. Gardner, RN MS CNS PNP

Title: Director of Professional Outreach Consultation

Bio: Sandra L. Gardner, RN, MS, CNS, PNP, is Director of Professional Outreach Consultation, a national and international consulting firm established in 1980. Ms Gardner is also co-director and founder of Nurse’s Professional Development and Practice Association, LLC, (NPDPATM).

Ms. Gardner’s writing achievements include a wide variety of articles, pamphlets, chapters, and book reviews. She is co-editor with Gerald B. Merenstein, M.D., of Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care, 6th edition, 2006. She has co-edited with Mary Hagedorn a book entitled Legal Aspects of Maternal Child Nursing Practice, 1997. She is on the editorial board of Neonatal Network, and the Pre & Perinatal Psychology Journal.

Ms. Gardner is an active member of the Colorado Nurses Association/American Nurses Association, the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and The Academy of Neonatal Nursing. She is a founding member of the Colorado Perinatal Care Council, a state advisory council to the Governor and the State Health Department on perinatal/neonatal health care issues.

Media Format(s): Print (English)

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