There’s no doubt that a newborn baby is very vulnerable and dependent on others for care and survival.  For babies born to mothers who are struggling with opioid use disorder, the first few weeks of life can be extremely difficult and dangerous.  In 2018 in Ohio 1,967 women had OUD diagnosis at the time of delivery and 1,932 babies were hospitalized for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (Data Source: Ohio Hospital Association).

That’s why, when the relink.org team was approached by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus regarding the Empower Care app they were working on to support young women struggling with addiction before, during, and after pregnancy, we were eager to help. 

The Empower Care App:

This application is a stand-alone mobile app that guides pregnant and postpartum women with Opioid Use Disorder to better care for themselves and their infants.

Through this partnership we were able to provide them with resources for 12 Ohio counties that were available to help pregnant women and new mothers seek recovery and restoration.  If you need information or resources for a project you are working on, please contact us at info@relink.org.  Through collaboration and connectivity, we can make an impact!