our mission

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2001, works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all women, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most vulnerable to state control and punishment - low income women, women of color, and drug-using women.

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We hope you will join us in Nashville, Tennessee from Oct. 1-3 for a pre-conference and symposium, on pregnancy, drug use, and neonatal abstinence syndrome. Hardly a day goes by without media reports about rising opioid use. Those reports often focus on pregnant women and recycle alarmist claims about the impact of drug use on their babies. And, such claims have been used in Tennessee as a basis for enacting a law that permits the arrest and punishment of pregnant women. Rarely do policy makers, journalists, advocates, health care providers, and others have an opportunity to hear from experts on these subjects. These three days of events in Nashville will give us the opportunity to hear from and engage with experts. Join us, register, and contact us further to inquire about scholarship opportunities.


Please watch the following video from Retro Report

In this video,"From Crack Babies to Oxytots: Lessons Not Learned," hear NAPW explain how the misinformation and panic about "crack babies" in the 1980's has been reignited and how similar misinformation and panic about pregnant women who use opioids is being used to justify increased government control, surveillance, and punishment of pregnant women.

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