MetroHealth Opens The Moms House For Pregnant Women in Recovery From Opiate Use Disorder
Cleveland - Sobriety is a difficult journey to walk alone, so The MetroHealth System is offering a safe, confidential home for mothers as they continue recovery from opiate use disorder and other substance use disorders.
The Moms House is the first of its kind in the Cleveland area; it will accommodate three pregnant women during their pregnancy and after they’ve given birth. Moms and soon-to-be moms living in the house will have full access to resources and MetroHealth’s medical staff to help them cope and remain healthy.
Jennifer Bailit, MD, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist knows just how vulnerable pregnant women in recovery can be. For years, she has lobbied for a safe space where pregnant women can go to continue their sobriety journey while caring for themselves and their unborn babies.
"There's so much more to health care than prescribing medicine," says Dr. Bailit. "This program is adding another square in our quilt to wrap around the women in need in our community."
Many existing programs that provide housing to those in recovery don’t accept residents taking substances such as Subutex (buprenorphine) and methadone as part of their opioid addiction treatment. The Moms House does.
This type of housing is also critical for women and children since other programs typically help men, require enrollment in an inpatient program and don’t have accommodations for children of the residents coming in. The Moms House is one of only a couple of programs that welcome women and their children.
This sort of work isn’t out of the ordinary for MetroHealth, this only adds to the goal of being at the forefront of improving the outcomes for high-risk, drug-dependent women and their babies. Through the Mother and Child Dependency Program, pregnant women and their infants are offered a non-judgmental environment to deal with medical and emotional problems caused by addiction to drugs such as prescription opiates or heroin.
Funding for the house was made possible by Jacke and Eric Wiedemer. After the couple witnessed the loving care provided to Eric's father, Rick Wiedemer, in the Neurocritical Care Unit, they knew they had to find a way to give back to MetroHealth. "I wanted to get involved with helping families thrive," says Jacke.
MetroHealth recently welcomed a new resident supervisor or House Mom, Kim Glover, who will be living in the house and will oversee daily operations. She has her own story of overcoming addiction, so she understands the fragility that comes with recovery. For the safety and privacy of residents, the location of the home is not available to the public.
To donate to The Moms House, visit https://www.metrohealth.org/foundation/donate, click “Other" in the drop-down menu, and indicate that the donation is for the Mother & Child Dependency Sober Housing.
More information on The Moms House can be found here: https://www.metrohealth.org/obgyn/substance-use-and-pregnancy.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.