JOIN NPA for our 39th annual conference

Wednesday, March 14th - Friday, March 16th

Perinatal Substance Use: 

Evidence-Based Solutions and Support for the Family

at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Loma Linda, California


FEATURED PRESENTATIONS  NPA conferences bring together presenters and attendees from different disciplines, care settings, and parts of the country to share, to listen, and learn from each other. 


An Historical Perspective on Caring for Mothers with Substance Use Disorders and Babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome 

 Dr. Loretta Finnegan


Caring for the Mother-Infant Dyad; Postpartum Rooming In

Dr. Robert Insoft and Dr. Adam Czynski



Understanding the Legal Landscape: Using Substance Use to Criminalize Pregnancy and Parenting

Lynn Paltrow, JD of National Advocates for Pregnant Women


Substance Use and Addiction: Separating Fact from Fiction

Dr. Carl Hart, Chair, Department of Psychology at Columbia University


Disparities in Screening and Reporting Substance Use in Communities of Color

JaNeen Cross, DSW, MSW, MBA, LCSW and President of the 

National Association of Perinatal Social Workers


Trauma-Informed Care and Harm-Reduction Practices with Substance Use Disorders for Pregnant Women and Mothers

Lenora Marcellus, RN, BSN, MN, PhD of University of Victoria School of Nursing 



9:00 - 12:00

Please join us for this FREE seminar hosted by our Family Advocacy Network. 

Licit or Illicit Use: Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine, and Cannabis

What impact do these commonly used "soft" drugs have on pregnancy and parenting? What are the relative risks? And how do we decide what kind of use to accommodate or prohibit? We will explore the evidence and see what we can learn from other states' experiences.

  • All Community Members and Conference Attendees are welcome. 

Please RSVP

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1:00   2018 Conference Welcome

1:30   Opening Plenary - Dr. Finnegan

2:30   How Substances are Used 

3:00   Posters and Exhibitors

3:30   Postpartum Rooming-In

5:00   Recap

5:30   Reception


9:00   Welcome

9:10     Legal Landscape

10:20   Separating Fact from Fiction

11:30   Exhibitors/Posters/Networking

12:00   Kaiser-Permanente, Early Start

1:00     Lunch provided

2:00     Concurrent Workshops

  • Ethics - Drug Testing
  • Public Health - Substance Use Among Medical Providers
  • Infant Development - Support for the Drug-Exposed Infant

3:15     Concurrent Workshops

  • Ethics - Parenting and Substance Use - Self Advocates
  • Public Health - Peer Support, SisterReach, Tennessee
  • Innovative Programs - Project Nurture, Oregon

4:15   Exhibitors/Posters/Networking

5:00   Concurrent Workshops

  • Statewide Approaches - New York 
  • National Approaches  - Drug Policy Alliance
  • Community-Based Services - Southern California
6:00   Adjourn


9:00   Welcome

9:10    NPA, Past... Present... Future

9:45    Panel -  NAS Collaborative

11:00  Pharmacology of MAT

12:00  Lunch on Your Own

1:00    Communities of Color

2:15    Trauma-Informed Care and Harm-Reduction

3:15    Break

3:30    Best Practices in Perinatal Care

4:45   Pregnancy Recovery Program

5:45    Closing Remarks

6:00   Adjourn until 2019 conference Improving Access to Perinatal Care: Confronting Disparities and Inequities in Maternal-Infant Health


  • OB/GYNs
  • Neonatologists
  • Midwives
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Public Health Advocates
  • Insurance Providers
  • Community Health Professionals
  • Harm Reduction Specialists

  • Parents and Families Affected by Substance Use
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Childbirth Educators
  • Doulas
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers

  • IBCLCs and Breastfeeding Counselors
  • NICU Clinicians
  • Neonatal Therapists
  • State Perinatal Coalitions and Quality Collaboratives
  • Students, Residents, and Trainees
  • Lawyers
  • Policy Makers



On Wednesday and Thursday our conference venue will be the Wong Kerlee Conference Center on the beautiful campus of Loma Linda University in Southern California. 

11175 Campus Street in Loma Linda, CA 92350  (Parking will be available.)

All exhibits will be hosted on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday we will me at a different building on campus.


We recommend the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino at
285 East Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408


SuperShuttle serves all of these airports.

Continuing Education Credits will be provided at no additional fee through our Joint Provider PAC/LAC

  • CME 17
  • CEU 20
  • LCSW/LMFT 17

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before February 9, 2018 were assessed a $50 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for “no shows” or cancellations received on or after February 10, 2018. Phone cancellations must have been confirmed in writing to Kristy Love at

DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE? Email Kristy Love, NPA Director of Operations

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