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Support for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorder

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 Program in Greenfield and Springfield

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/ Pioneer Women’s Health in Greenfield and Baystate Medical Center/Wesson Women's Clinic in Springfield.

To learn more or make a referral, call:

Support through Pregnancy and After Childbirth

We work with OUD treatment providers in our communities to help you have the most successful pregnancy possible. 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.

The EMPOWER program is slightly different depending on where you plan to deliver your baby:

  • At Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 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.
  • At Baystate Medical Center, an in-house social worker will connect you to Baystate Medical Center resources as needed, including the  and neonatal care team.

No matter which location you choose, we consider it a privilege to support you through one of life's most challenging and rewarding times: becoming a mom!


"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.