Project RESPECT: Obstetrics and Addiction Medicine

“Treat Addiction, Save Lives”

Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Pregnancy
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center

Project RESPECT (Recovery, Empowerment, Social Services, Prenatal care, Education, Community and Treatment) is a high risk obstetrical and addiction recovery medical home at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Established in 2006, the Project RESPECT clinic provides a unique service of comprehensive obstetric and substance use disorder treatment for pregnant patients and their newborns.

The Project RESPECT team members include four buprenorphine-waivered obstetric providers, an addiction certified psychiatrist with experience in perinatal mood, two RN care managers, a clinical social worker specializing in gender-specific care and trauma, and a child life-specialist to support attachment/attunement and bonding. The Project RESPECT team supports patients throughout their recovery journey during the entire first year postpartum.

We offer monitored, acute substance withdrawal treatment and induction of medications for opioid use disorder in pregnant patients seeking treatment. Intensive, individualized out-patient treatment plans are outlined for each patient based on the severity of their disease, their individual goals, and their recovery progress.  The out-patient medical home model provides on site, collaborative and multidisciplinary care for pregnant and post-partum patients in recovery.

The Project RESPECT clinical team collaborates and coordinates care with the inpatient Obstetric, Pediatric, Psychiatry, Social Work, Nursing and Lactation teams at Boston Medical Center to provide supportive and informed care. They also have developed strong partnerships n with multiple community based organizations including local methadone clinics, residential addiction treatment centers, the Department of Public Health, and the Department of Children and Families.


Welcome to Boston Medical Center’s Project RESPECT, the Treatment of Addiction in Pregnancy:

  • Recovery
  • Empowerment
  • Social Services
  • Prenatal Care
  • Education
  • Community
  • Treatment

We believe in you and your ability to make a positive change in your life, for you and your baby! Our goal is to support you in your recovery while providing you with excellent medical and obstetric care.


Treatment Team

Kelley Saia, MD
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Diplomate of American board of Addiction Medicine

Price Jordana

Jordana Price, MD
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Family Medicine

Erica Holland, MD
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Emily Rosenthal, MD
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Dr. Shakevia Johnson
Dept. of Psychiatry
Addiction Psychiatrist & Director of Mother-Child Wellness Research Center


Ingrid St. Hill, MA
Scheduling Coordinator


Caitlin Clark, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Program Manager

Bassilisa Texerira
Medical Assistant

Janette McKinnon, BSN RN
Nurse Care Manager

Carol Ann McClafferty, BSN RN
Maternal Fetal Medicine

Karissa Giovannini, MSW LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Elizabeth Valencia, MSW LICSW
Clinical Social Worker

Phaedra Moore, BA
Peer Recovery Specialist

Leanne Rotman, MS-CCLS
Child Life Specialist

Lindsey Gleason, BA
Program & Research Coordinator

Nicollete Johnson, MPH
Data Manager


The Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates
Boston Medical Center
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02118

Contact Information

To schedule an appointment : 617-414-3772 or 617-414-2000

For program related inquiries: 617-414-5983