AMP S4E7: Trauma and Prenatal Drug Exposure and Abuse - Christine Culpepper

Do you deal with trauma in your home?

If you’re an adoptive mom, the answer is yes. I know, you’re probably thinking “I got my kid as a newborn, we’re all they’ve ever known.” but the body remembers, and there will still be trauma there. As we learn more and more about our brains and how trauma affects them and when it affects them, we begin to realize how aware we should be to our kids’ needs in this area and how best to meet those needs.

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This episode will be the first of 3 episodes fully and completely on different types of trauma disorders that our kids can struggle with. This episode in particular is discussing trauma disorders stemming from pre-natal dug exposer, alcohol use leading to fetal alcohol syndrome, and in-utero physical abuse. Who better to talk about these things than a neonatal expert?

Enter: Dr. Christine Culpepper.

Christine was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and loves Cajun food, Mardi Gras and warm weather. She went to medical school at LSU New Orleans, did her pediatric residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and then did her fellowship in Neonatology at Children’s Colorado. She met her husband on Match.com during residency and they have two beautiful girls, Piper and Madelyn. Her first job after training was at Mercy in Joplin, MO, then she moved to Fayetteville, AR, became a Razorback fan and joined Washington Regional Hospital. She absolutely loves her job and could not ask for a better place to work.

She and I got to talk about these different outside influences that can negatively impact our kids not just as infants, but as they grow and learn to interact with others and hopefully become contributing members of society.

Being the mom of a baby born addicted to multiple substances, this one really hit home for me and was so educational and informative. I’m a firm believer that understanding how our kids’ brains and bodies work can hand us tools to better raise them and help them heal. If you agree, then this episode is going to rock your world!

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Bryan Fittin