Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Maternal Addiction Treatment, Education and Research (MATER) team at Jefferson Health is here to answer all of your questions, starting with the frequently asked questions below.

Who is eligible for MATER programs?

To participate in our Family Center Outpatient program or My Sister’s Place residential program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Needing treatment for any substance problems

For the My Sister's Place residential program, children under six years old are welcome to live in the residence with their mother.

What programs do you offer?

We offer three levels of care:

  • Family Center Outpatient (1-4 hrs/week)
  • Family Center Intensive Outpatient (10 hours/ week)
  • My Sister’s Place Residential (20 hrs/week)

Family Center is the outpatient treatment program component of MATER and is designed exclusively for pregnant and parenting women. My Sister’s Place (MSP) is the residential treatment program component of MATER and can provide services to 22 adult females with up to 3 children each who live with them at the facility. 

All women in our programs receive comprehensive psychological and medical services.

How much do MATER programs cost?

Medical Assistance plans will cover service fees. Our team will assist people who do not have health insurance.

Is MATER a licensed recovery program?

MATER’s programs are licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).

What services do you offer?

With our team, you will receive: care coordination and case management, medical care, mental health care, individual therapy and peer support, group therapy and medications for opioid use disorder. We also provide wrap-around social service support such as child care during treatment, mindfulness-based parenting training, group pediatric care, prenatal care, psychiatric care, financial literacy, transportation, food security relief, advocacy with the court system and CPS, housing assistance, educational and psychoeducational programming.

What is Mindfulness-Based Parenting?

Mindfulness-Based Parenting (MBP) is a 12-week trauma-proactive, relational parenting program that focuses on the intersection of mindfulness and healthy parenting. MBP is a standard of care that emphasizes forming a secure attachment between mother and child to improve the parenting relationship and prevent intergenerational trauma.

Are methadone and buprenorphine safe to use during my pregnancy?

Yes. These medications can help you have fewer problems during your pregnancy, avoid giving birth too early and produce a healthier baby.

How will these medications affect my baby?

These medications provide a stable level of opioids in you and your growing baby’s body. This helps to reduce the stress on both of your bodies from cycles of withdrawal and use. After birth, your baby will be closely monitored for a few days in the hospital. If your baby has temporary withdrawal symptoms, our expert doctors will provide treatment.

How long does someone take these medications?

Everyone’s journey is different. Some people need medication for longer than others due to their genes, social situations or other unknown factors. We will assist you with your recovery for as long as you need help.

Can medication-assisted treatment affect someone’s job or education?

It is against federal law for employers to not hire or fire someone because he or she takes methadone or buprenorphine. When used under the correct supervision, these medications do not impair intelligence, focus or physical ability.