Woman’s Hospital expands GRACE Program to help pregnant women with alcohol, tobacco addiction

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Pregnant African American woman holding her stomach in hospital

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Woman’s Hospital is expanding its GRACE Program to help pregnant women with alcohol or tobacco addictions.

The free Guiding Recovery and Creating Empowerment (GRACE) Program launched in 2018 and has helped more than 170 pregnant women, according to a news release from Woman’s Hospital.

“In the early years of GRACE, it became apparent that there was a great need in our community not only for opioids but for additional substances like alcohol and tobacco,” said Cheri Johnson, Woman’s Hospital chief nursing officer. “We’re proud of the lives we’ve touched in three years, and we know that with expanded criteria we will have the opportunity to help even more women through a difficult situation.”

Woman’s Hospital said GRACE participants work with a nurse case manager and social worker throughout their pregnancy and during the postpartum period to provide support and resources.

More information about the GRACE Program can be found online at womans.org/grace or dialing 225-924-8574.

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