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Support for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder

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If you are pregnant and struggling with substance use or are on medication-assisted treatment, we’re here to help.

The EMPOWER (Engaging Mothers for Positive Outcomes with Early Referrals) program offers personalized, trauma-informed support for you through your pregnancy and birth. Our program can help connect you with resources to help you gain confidence in your recovery.


EMPOWER is a comprehensive, community-based screening and referral program serving pregnant women with substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use. The program is based out of The Birthplace at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Pioneer Women’s Health, and serves about 30 women and families each year.

Support through Pregnancy and After Childbirth

We offer referrals to local community agencies that provide recovery services. The agency you work with may also pair you with a peer recovery coach who can help you navigate the healthcare system.

As part of the program, you can meet with a nurse early in pregnancy to discuss your birth plan, learn how to care for a newborn at risk for withdrawal, and find out what to expect from your hospital stay.

We consider it a privilege to support you through one of life's most challenging and rewarding times: becoming a mom! Contact Linda Jablonski at 413-773-2001 for more information.


"No One's a Lost Cause"

Watch former EMPOWER program patient Sandi Cardaropoli tell the story of her addiction and how the program changed her life.

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