How Substance Abuse Harms Unborn Children

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In this course medical professionals will learn to use best practice idea for evaluating safe options of medications in pregnancy/lactation. Additionally, attendees will understand the effect of illegal substance use on mother and baby during pregnancy and how commonly used substances could have a negative impact on pregnancy.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061, for 1.0 contact hours.


  1. Describe the mechanism of action for classes of medication both safe and not safe in pregnancy
  2. Understand the effect of illegal substance use on mother and baby during pregnancy
  3. Evaluate safe options of medications in pregnancy and lactation
  4. Understand how everyday substances could have an effect on pregnancy



Course Outline

A.      Pregnancy Categories

a.       A, B, C, D, X

B.      Medications Safe for Pregnancy

C.      Medications Not Safe for Pregnancy

a.       Mechanism of Action

b.       Side effects

D.      Illegal Substances used in Pregnancy

a.       Effects on mom and baby

E.       Case Examples

a.       Hypertension

b.       Diabetes

c.       Antibiotics

d.       Psych

e.       Hormones

f.        Pain

F.       Lactation

a.       How to determine if medications are safe            

                                                               i.      If safe for baby, safe in lactation

G.      Other Substances in Pregnancy

a.       Pica

b.       TORCH


Women’s Health for Life, Inc.

Private Practice physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology


Owner, operator until July 2015, now part time practicing physician with emphasis in women’s health and gynecology.  Unlimited privileges in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St Rita’s Medical Center and Lima Memorial Hospital. Advanced Robotic and laparoscopic surgeon and proctor. Started the practice with computer charts in 1998, Multiple committees at both practicing hospitals

2001-2004 Assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

2004-2008 and 2015 to present Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Current: ACLS, NRP and BLS certified.

2010-2013 Chair of the OB Co-Management Committee

2002-2006 OB/GYN Quality Assurance Lima Memorial Hospital

2006-2007 Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee

2005-2007 Surgery Department Chair-Lima Memorial Hospital

2004-present OB/GYN QA member St. Rita’s Medical Center

2003-2007 Executive Committee Member Lima Memorial Hospital

2003-2005 Credentials and Bylaws member Lima Memorial Hospital

Physician: prescriber for addiction behaviors at Coleman Professional Services, Lima, Ohio location

10/2016 to present Contracted Physician Prescriber of medications for abuse and addiction.


Medical Director: Heartbeat of Lima

   2012-present: directing medical issues, reading ultrasounds

Hands of Hope: Pregnancy Services, Inc.  reading ultrasounds  2016

In House OB/GYN Physician, Flower Hospital, Sylvania, Ohio 

REgistered Nurse Lutheran Hospital and Parkview Hosptial


Critical care and open heart unit care of patients. 

Wright State Physicians/Wright State University OBGYN Assistant Clinical Professor Starting April 2017, Dayton, Ohio.

1996-1998, ST. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio

OB/GYN residency

Co-Chief resident my senior year

1994-1996, Muskegon General Hosptial, Muskegon, MI


Rotating internship and first year of residency in OB/GYN  

1990-1994, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

MEdical School

Chief resident my final year

1986-1990, Indiana University

Bachelor of Science

1983-1986, Parkview Methodist Schoolof Nursing, FT. Wayne, Indiana

Registered Nurse

1997  Co Authored “Abnormal Elevated AFP in Pregnancy”  Michael Cardwell MD, Marilyn Kindig, D.O.

2011 Lecture:  ACOOG national conference Single port Laparoscopic Surgery.

4/2012 Robotic Training and certification

2012 Laparoscopic and Robotic Annual Meeting – Society of Laparoscopic surgeons\2012 ACOOG conference

2013 ACOOG female urology and urogynecology symposium

2013 ACOOG annual conference

2013 Breakthrough Robotic Surgery Techniques in Advanced Gynecology, Dr. Dwight Im, Baltimore, MD

2014 ACOOG annual conference

2014 Robotic Advanced Surgeons seminar- Texas

2014 Lecturer: Lima Ohio robotic conference, Robotics in Gynecologic Surgery.

2015 Conference: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Women, Hawaii

2016 Conference:  Spring ACOOG Annual Conference Florida

2016  PCSS-MAT - American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine and certificate to prescribe Buprenorphine with a Waiver

11/2016 Conference: Concepts in Integrated Healthcare, Akron, Ohio

10/2016  Conference: ACOOG Fall conference, Cleveland

10/2016 Lecturer: St. Ritas Medical Center.  Robotic Conference. Lima, Ohio.  Gyn Robotic     Surgery lecturer:  Mesh and Morcellation.


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