Resources for Mothers

Pregnancy can be a special time for a woman. There is no more important job than bringing a healthy life into this world. You may be frightened or feel alone if you are currently pregnant and using substances, but there is still time for you to get the support you need to improve your health and the health of your baby. We know you want what is best for your baby and there is support available. If you are looking for help, call the Tennessee Redline at 1-800-889-9789.

Ask Your Healthcare Provider

  • The earlier a medical professional is involved in your pregnancy, the better off your baby will be. The severity and duration of drug withdrawal the baby experiences after birth can be significantly decreased. Prenatal care is very important. If you do not yet have a doctor, click here to see a list of obstetricians near you.

  • It is important to talk to a medical professional about any medications and substance you use, such as alcohol, tobacco, prescription, over-the counter, or illegal drugs (including marijuana).

  • Don’t be scared to talk to your doctor about medications or drugs you take while you are pregnant. By talking to a medical professional before your pregnancy, you can reduce the chances of your baby being born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).

Self Assessment

Sometimes, people can begin to rely on drugs or prescription pills to try to make them feel better if they are sad, depressed, lonely, or stressed out. If you are concerned about feeling this way, talk to your doctor or look at this self-assessment.

Self Assessment Test

NAS Symptoms

  • Babies born with NAS can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as fever, seizures, continuous crying, rapid breathing, and extreme sensitivity to sounds and light.

To find out about birth control options at your local health department use the contact information for your county provided below.

Birth Control Options

Strong Baby Knox

Improving the well-being of mothers, infants and children is an important community health goal for the Knox County Health Department. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the health care system. The Strong Baby project is an effort to promote healthier families and infants.

Strong Baby Knox Website

Have a Conversation with your Healthcare Provider

If you are prescribed or taking any of the following  drugs, talk to your healthcare practitioner about treatment or other alternatives:

Opioid pain medications, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, stimulants, anti-depressants, Neurontin (gabapentin), alcohol, illegal drugs such as marijuana, heroin or meth, and non-prescription drugs.

If you are pregnant, or may become pregnant, your baby’s health is dependent on yours. When you use a drug, tobacco, or drink alcohol, it significantly impacts how your baby develops in the womb. Tobacco use can have a big effect on the health of your baby. Tobacco can be even more dangerous to your baby when combined with other drugs.

BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program™ is an evidence based, smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco on the pregnant and postpartum population. Click here to learn more.

Prescription Medications

There are a variety of reasons you may be taking prescription medications. However, these medications may have an impact on the development of your baby. Whether you take this medication with a prescription or for other reasons, it is important to be aware of the potential impact and discuss this with your healthcare provider.

Planning for a Healthy Pregnancy

Your desire for when and if you want to have children and how many is completely up to you.  Take charge of this decision by reflecting on your personal goals. One of the most important goals you should focus on is your health. So be sure to make your health a priority and talk with a healthcare provider about simple changes you can make.

If you do not currently desire to have children, then talk with a healthcare provider about all the options that are safe for you. You can find more information about the options available at Family Planning (  All of these birth control options are available at your  local Health Department. Family planning services provided at the local health departments are voluntary, confidential, and provided regardless of one’s ability to pay.