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Pregnancy Recovery Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital

As the number of pregnant women struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD) continues to rise, so does the need for comprehensive treatment programs devoted to a healthy pregnancy for mom, a safe delivery for her baby, and a recovery plan for their futures.

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital offers both inpatient and outpatient programs specifically designed to help pregnant women with OUD and their babies. No matter where you are in your pregnancy, we have a recovery program for you.

For more information, please call 412-641-1211.

Pregnancy Recovery Center (PRC) Outpatient Program

The Pregnancy Recovery Center (PRC) is an outpatient program offering pregnant women comprehensive and compassionate care for opioid use disorder (OUD). The first treatment center of its kind in the region, the PRC provides office-based medically assisted treatment (MAT) for recovery, coordination of prenatal care for pregnant women with OUD, social services support and connection to certified recovery specialists.

Because of our years of experience and progressive treatment approach, the PRC program of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has established itself as a Center of Excellence in treating women with OUD. The program has helped nearly 1,000 women over the last five years and averages about 100 women in active recovery at all times.

Women in the PRC program receive treatment and medicine throughout their pregnancy. Patients also receive behavioral health counseling, social services, and postnatal care after they deliver. After the baby is delivered, patients remain in our program with the same team caring for them and become part of the Women’s Recovery Center.

How to Get Admitted into the PRC Program

At the PRC you will find compassionate, nonjudgmental caregivers who want to help you succeed with and become leaders in your recovery. There are two ways to begin treatment in the PRC: arrive at the emergency department at Magee-Womens Hospital or call the office for a consultation. To enter the program using the emergency department, you can arrive 24/7 and request assistance with a substance use disorder.

You will meet with a consultant from the Perinatal Addiction Consultation and Education Services (PACES) program. You will be given information on methadone and buprenorphine-nalaxone and will be counseled in choosing between these two medications for your recovery treatment.

To enter the program via consultation, please call 412-641-1211 and leave a message on our confidential phone line.

Types of Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder

Buprenorphine-nalaxone Recovery Treatment at the PRC

If you are eligible for and choose buprenorphine-nalaxone based on your location, substance use, and preference, you will receive outpatient recovery care through the PRC. You will get a one-time dose of buprenorphine in the ER and will return to the program the following day for further recovery care. Don’t worry if you are unable to return to the PRC based on your location, we are happy you enter treatment and can assist you in transferring to a community based program closer to your home.

You must return weekly for at least one month to be eligible for every other week dosing. At week 35 of your pregnancy, you will return to a weekly dosing schedule until you deliver your baby. When you come in for your weekly or biweekly dosing appointments, you will receive:

  • Medicine-assisted treatment (MAT) with buprenorphine-nalaxone
  • Coordination of obstetrical services and prenatal care
  • Coordination of behavioral health, drug, and alcohol counseling with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
  • Social services support from licensed social workers
  • Support from certified recovery specialists

After you deliver, at your obstetrical follow-up appointment, you may receive a monthly prescription for your MAT for the next six months. In additional to the current services, you will also receive:

  • Postpartum obstetrical care
  • Blood pressure and vital sign monitoring
  • Hepatitis C, HIV and sexually transmitted infection screenings
  • Contraceptive care and consultations

Methadone Conversion

In some cases, you may only be eligible for methadone conversion due to where you live and/or concerns with buprenorphine-nalaxone.

Methadone conversion requires a 72-hour inpatient admission to the hospital, during which you will receive the same high-quality MAT therapy, obstetrical care, behavioral health counseling, and social worker support as in the PRC program.

Eligibility for the PRC Program

To be eligible for the PRC program, you must have:

  • Confirmed pregnancy
  • Diagnosis or history of opioid use disorder
  • Commitment to program goals

Contact Us:

To be enrolled in the Pregnancy Recovery Center, go to the emergency department at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital or call our program for consultation and enrollment. For more information, please call 412-641-1211.