Jacobs Institute of Women's Health / The George Washington University
This paper examines the current literature and policy implications of substance use and substance use disorders among pregnant and parenting women. While this is not meant to serve as an exhaustive literature review on this topic, it seeks to describe: current research on health effects of substance use and substance use disorders on pregnant women1 and their children; policies and programs that help ensure that pregnant women who use substances have access to the highest quality healthcare, including prenatal care; the current barriers to accessing treatment for substance use disorders for pregnant women, including those who are incarcerated; and the impact of laws and policies regarding substance use on pregnant women and families.
Bishop, Darla; Borkowski, Liz; Couillard, Megan; Allina, Amy; Baruch, Susanna; and Wood, Susan, "Bridging the Divide White Paper: Pregnant Women and Substance Use: Overview of Research & Policy in the United States" (2017). Jacobs Institute of Women's Health. Paper 5.