NPWH position statement: Marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation
Review TypeNone: Reputation-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-04-13T20:32:10Z
Author DetailsAs a national professional membership organization, NPWH is the nation's leading voice for courageous conversations about women's health. In our clinics and in our culture, women's health nurse practitioners champion state-of-the-science health care that holistically addresses the unique needs of women across their lifetimes. We elevate the health issues others overlook and compel attention on women's health from providers, policymakers, and researchers.
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Lead Author AffliationNational Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
Level of EvidenceN/A
KeywordsMarijuana Use During Pregnancy; Marijuana Use During Lactation; Substance Use During Pregnancy
The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) advocates for a nonjudgmental and evidence-based approach to screening and counseling women concerning marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. NPWH supports strategies to educate the public about safety concerns and to reduce marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. Legislation, policies, and clinical processes should ensure that women who use marijuana have access to nonjudgmental, nonpunitive, person-centered healthcare throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. NPWH supports ongoing research on the effects of marijuana use on fetal and neonatal outcomes, long-term effects on neurodevelopment, and safety of use during breastfeeding.
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