“Are there adequate services available to pregnant women with Substance Use and Mental
This question has been on my mind from working with this moms with the Healthy Start
program for a year now. I have encountered many pregnant women that have reported to me they
were unable to connect with substance abuse and mental health services in the area.
I am very interested in exploring services for pregnant women. More specifically,
services for those with substance use and/or mental health disorders. I chose this topic because I
believe when substance use and mental health disorders goes untreated and unsupported, it
becomes a problem for not only the individual but for the community as well. I work at an
agency that service prenatal and parenting woman. The clients we serve are pregnant women but
many are dealing with other things besides pregnancy. Recently it has been reoccurring that the
prenatal moms are dealing with substance abuse issues and some also have mental health
diagnosis, which can lead to postpartum depression. It is my experience with these clients that
drives me to ask if they receive the services needed throughout their pregnancy. At the agency
that I work, case managers give information to the clients on mental health. The resources
suggested to clients by the case workers are: counseling service, Catholic Charities, Sanctuary
for Life, and support groups.
When using Neuman’s 4 techniques with turning topics into a research question I
definitely looked into the resources available as well as talked it over with people (Neuman,
2012, p.91). The people I have interacted with are actual clients that are dealing with this issue
at hand. While conducting my research, I realized that I am not the first person to pursue this
To conduct this study, I will interview women that I’ve encounter that are willing to seek
help with substance abuse and mental health issues during pregnancy. Together we will set up
goals that they wish to achieve. From there, I will do research and see what help is in the area
that will aid and provide those services.
Neuman, W. L. (2012). Basics of social research: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (3rd
ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
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