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..."
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) nann.org and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) awhonn.org
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). nann.org
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.
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.
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.