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Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy

Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy  

These Guidelines (pdf) published by the World Health Organization were developed to facilitate healthcare professionals in assisting pregnant women, those that recently had a child, and those who use alcohol or drugs or have a substance use disorder, to achieve healthy outcomes for themselves and their fetus or infant.

The WHO developed these guidelines in response to requests from organizations, institutions and individuals seeking technical guidance on the identification and management of alcohol and other substance use and substance use disorders in pregnant women.

The guidelines aim to provide evidence-based technical advice to healthcare professionals on identifying and managing substance use and substance use disorders in pregnant women, which enables health-care practitioners to apply the scientific principles of a public health approach in their own countries.