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STAR Prenatal Clinic

The Substance Use Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Prenatal Clinic at the OU Health Science Center in Oklahoma City provides comprehensive specialized prenatal care for pregnant persons with substance use disorders in a collaborative environment, with an emphasis on coordination of care with supportive psychosocial services and substance use treatment providers.

The Need for Specialized Care

  • The number of pregnant women in Oklahoma diagnosed with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) has increased by more than four times since 1999.
  • An infant is born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal every 25 minutes in Oklahoma.
  • In 2018, 1,040 women gave birth to infants affected by opioid withdrawal symptoms in state licensed medical facilities. 70% of these mothers were not connected with treatment after delivery.
  • In 2016 and 2017 2,082 infants born in Oklahoma were affected by opioid withdrawal symptoms. Almost 1 out of 4 were born in the Oklahoma City metro area.
  • Family Care Plans that empower pregnant and postpartum individuals with a substance use disorder with the resources and tools to help them navigate their recovery journey and promote healthy, intact families.
  • Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) to support parents along their recovery journey with the SAMHSA recommended therapy model.
  • Prenatal and postpartum care ensuring both parent and baby have their medical needs met by some of the top OB-GYNs in the state that specialize in serving this population.
  • Behavioral health supports and services in-house clinical social workers provide behavioral health support and collaborate with local substance abuse treatment providers to provide treatment supports and recovery services.

Little STAR Clinic

The Little STAR Clinic is a neonatal follow-up program for STAR moms and their baby at Oklahoma Children's Hospital. The appointment occurs 30-90 days after the baby is discharged from the hospital. A team of experts will provide the following services to your baby during the appointment:

  • A medical check-up for the baby by a developmental behavioral pediatrician
  • Developmental assessment by an occupational therapist
  • Support, resources and referrals as needed
  • Some appointments will be offered virtually for convenience

For more information on the STARS Program or STAR Prenatal Clinic:

Dr. Stephanie Pierce

STAR Prental Clinic Medical Director

Tracie Clark

STAR Clinic Administrator

Natalie Gipson

STARS Program Manager