This web page provides links to information and tools for midwives and other maternity clinicians on drug use and pregnancy and to support services that may be beneficial for their clients. Please note, some resources may appear in more than one topic area.
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care
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Australian Government Department of Health
National guidelines for healthcare providers in the provision of evidence-based maternity care in Australia
South Australian Perinatal Practices Guidelines – Substance use in Pregnancy
South Australian Department of Health
Guidelines for the health care providers supporting women with substance use issues during pregnancy.
Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines for General Practitioners
Government of Western Australia
Guidelines for general practitioners and other maternity care providers involved in low-risk pregnancies for women in Western Australia.
Supporting pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs: A guide for primary health care professionals
National Alcohol and Drug Research Centre
Guidelines to assist maternity care clinicians in identifying pregnant women who use alcohol and other drugs and responding to the needs of these women and their babies.
Guidelines for the Management of Substance Use During Pregnancy Birth and the Postnatal Period
NSW Ministry of Health
Guidelines providing best practice advice to health professionals supporting pregnant women with alcohol and other drug use issues.
Queensland Clinical Guidelines: Perinatal substance use: maternal [PDF]
Queensland Department of Health
Guidelines for health professionals in Queensland providing best practice advice in the management of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy.
Guidelines for the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy
World Health Organisation
Guidelines for health professionals that provide best practice advice in the management of alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, birth and early years.
Information for health professionals on assessing alcohol consumption in pregnancy using AUDIT-C
Provides information for health professionals on assessing alcohol consumption in pregnancy using AUDIT-C.
Quick Guide: Identifying women at risk from alcohol, smoking or other drug use during pregnancy
Provides information of administering the AUDIT C screening tool, as well as information on a brief intervention for those identified as at risk.
Pregnancy—medication, drugs and alcohol
Better Health Channel
This website provides information for pregnant women on the effects of other drug use during pregnancy and provides advice about where to find support for problematic drug use.
Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy
Information for parents regarding drug and alcohol services in Western Australia
Royal Hospital for Women
Mothersafe provide a free telephone service to women in NSW to discuss alcohol and other drug use during pregnancy.
Women with alcohol and drug problems
The Royal Women’s Hospital
The Women's Alcohol and Drug Service provides support to pregnant women in Victoria with alcohol and other drug issues during pregnancy.
Help and support services
Australian Drug Information Network
A directory of alcohol and other drug services across Australia
Drug and alcohol rehabilitation
Information on types of alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs and contact information for services across Australia. Not pregnancy specific.
Just For Women: A NSW Drug & Alcohol Service Directory
NSW Users and AIDS Association
A directory of service supporting women who use alcohol and other drugs. Not pregnancy specific.
Supporting Pregnant Women Who Use Alcohol or Other Drugs: a review of the evidence
These guidelines provide evidence regarding the risks of alcohol consumption for the Australian population. They include a chapter on pregnancy and breastfeeding and alcohol consumption.
Substance Use in Pregnancy [PDF]
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists position statement that provides a summary of the issue of alcohol use in pregnancy as well as links to other resources for health professionals.
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