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Abortion Care
is Health Care


"Reproductive rights are human rights.  The National Perinatal Association will continue to learn from, advocate for, and provide a voice to individuals, families, and healthcare providers who believe that all people should have Constitutionally protected reproductive autonomy..."  

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The Invasion of Ukraine

the Impact on NICU Families

"NICU Parent Network (NPN) and National Perinatal Association (NPA), stand in solidarity with our European neonatal and perinatal colleagues as they struggle to provide care and support to the most vulnerable, medically fragile babies

and their families..."  


Family Presence in the NICU

In the NICU, Parents Are Essential Caregivers Too


A Consensus Statement on Family-Presence in NICUs published with the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

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COVID-19 and Shared Decision-Making

Mothers with COVID-19 and Their Newborn Infants

A joint position statement published with the

National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN).

Parents with COVID-19 and Their Newborn Infants

Download a version that uses inclusive language.

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Screening for PMADs

NPA supports de-stigmatization of perinatal mental health complications by providing education and awareness on the issue. A healthy society includes a focus on addressing the mental health needs of parents, their children, and their communities.


Care of Women presenting
to the Emergency Department 
with Pregnancy Loss 

Members of the National Perinatal Association and other organizations have collaborated to identify principles to guide the care of women, their families, and the staff, in the event of the loss of a pregnancy at any gestational age in the Emergency Department (ED). Recommendations for ED health care providers are included. Administrative support for policies in the ED is essential to ensure the delivery of family-centered, culturally sensitive practices when a pregnancy ends.

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Perinatal Substance Use

While the perinatal period presents unique risks for those who are substance dependent and their babies, it is also a time when there are unique opportunities for positive intervention. As clinicians, mental health, and community health care providers, it is imperative that we understand the nature of perinatal substance use disorders and provide interventions and care that preserve the parent-infant dyad, promote parenting potential, and support the baby’s health and development.

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Intimate Partner Violence

Research indicates that intimate partner violence is a significant source of ill-health and injury for women. Those who are abused by an intimate partner or family member are more likely to experience unintended pregnancy, delay entry into prenatal care, and experience poor pregnancy outcomes. They are more likely to manifest perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and post-traumatic stress, have higher rates of STDs including HIV, and are at greater risk for problematic substance use. Of great concern is that intimate partner violence during pregnancy is quite common. 

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Black Lives Matter

"To all Black people who suffer under an unjust system devised to perpetuate oppression, we see you. We hear you. We stand with you.

We are long past the time for simply bearing witness to such injustice..."  

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