Many of the substances that enter a pregnant woman’s bloodstream find their way through the placenta and into the bloodstream of the fetus.

When a pregnant woman takes a medication or drug without the supervision of her physician or obstetrician—such as over-the-counter, illicit, or “social” drugs—her baby can be born prematurely, have a low birth weight and birth defects, suffer withdrawal symptoms, and/or can struggle with learning or behavioral problems.

The RealCare™ Drug-Affected Baby is an instructional tool created to help increase awareness of the harm done by maternal drug use during pregnancy, and to help reduce the incidence of prenatal drug exposure by educating people about it.