Open Society Foundations blog series on pregnancy and drug use

Rebecca Tolson at the Open Society Foundations has posted a two-part article called “Setting the Record Straight on Motherhood and Drug Use.”  The Open Society Foundations was founded by investor and philanthropist, George Soros, in 1984. The Society works to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people and to promote human rights, justice, and accountability and their blog features perspectives and insight into the issues they work with.

Tolson is the deputy director of the International Harm Reduction Development Program in the Open Society Public Health Program. Her first post looks at challenges that pregnant women who use drugs face in Eastern Europe, the region that she is currently working in, and the moral judgment that pregnant women who use drugs face in general. (The post also mentions the Fir Square Rooming-in Program and Sheway in Vancouver, BC as examples of international best practices).

In the second post, she interviews Lynn Paltrow (Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, New York City), Robert Newman (MD, Director of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City) and Ron Abrahams (MD, Medical Director, Perinatal Addictions Program at the British Columbia Women’s Hospital, and founder of the Fir Square rooming-in program for substance-using women and their babies, Vancouver) and asks them to reflect on a recent New York Times article called “Newly Born, and Withdrawing from Painkillers.” 

The Foundation has also released a report called Making Harm Reduction Work for Women: The Ukrainian Experience (April 2010).