UBC Graduate Research

A harm reduction approach for women who use alcohol in pregnancy : strategies for NP practice Mahon, Sarah


A significant percentage of women in the United States and Canada continue to use alcohol in pregnancy despite the clear recommendations of total abstinence from policy makers. Abstinence as an approach fails to recognize the connections between alcohol use in pregnancy and social context. Harm reduction strategies broaden the range of approaches that NPs can draw from when working with women. This change can be enacted by incorporating the underlying principles of harm reduction into NP practice at the clinical, policy, and research levels. By using a multilevel approach, NPs can increase the likelihood of long term, positive health outcomes for women who consume alcohol in pregnancy and their children.

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