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.

Purvi Patel - Free at Last!

But she is neither the first nor the last woman to be
arrested for crimes in which being pregnant is an
element of that supposed crime.

NAPW and allies will continue to work to ensure that no person need fear being targeted for arrest or punishment because of pregnancy.

Read the latest about Purvi's case here.

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NAPW response to Reuters investigation of reporting of drug use, child welfare and infant deaths

July 2016 - In December 2015, Reuters released an investigative report, “Helpless & Hooked.” It alleges that the failure of physicians and hospitals to consistently report women who used drugs while pregnant (including those who used drugs prescribed by physicians) and the failure of child welfare systems to intervene in such cases directly or indirectly contributed to the preventable deaths of 110 infants nationwide.

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) recognizes that every infant death is a grave loss. We also recognize, however, how much harm has been done to American families in the name of protecting children. This Reuters series is the latest in a long line of journalistic reports that perpetrate stigma.

Continue reading NAPW's full response here.

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NAPW Sponsors Birth Justice Conference in NYC
NAPW is a proud sponsor of "Decolonizing Birth: at the Intersections of Identity, Cultural Practice, and Policy", a conference supporting communities of color in New York City in September 2016....

NAPW Executive Director to Deliver Keynote at "Critique - Resist - Transform" Conference
Lynn Paltrow, NAPW Executive Director, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Science, Facts, Law, Lives" at "Critique - Resist - Transform" at Indiana University Bloomington in October 2016....

NAPW Executive Director to Receive Award

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