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Perinatal Substance Use

Substance use affects many people, even those who are pregnant and parenting. Whatever your role is, you can help support healthy people, families, and babies.

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The resources offered here have been created through the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project. This  provincial project is a collaboration between the BC Women's Hospital, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions and all regional health authorities and community agencies who serve women who are pregnant, or newly parenting, and using substances.  

For more information about the project, or to get involved, please contact Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project

Education & Training

There are many related courses, conferences, and resources available that will you to prepare and advance your skills and knowledge for working with women who are pregnant and newly parenting and using substances. Please see the topic areas and offerings below.

The following document contains links to many widely available and free courses, videos, toolkits and guides. 

Perinatal Substance Use

Moms and babies both do better when they are together. BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) supports mother and baby togetherness as a guiding principle for care, recommended by Health Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO) (2009). A provincial rooming in guideline is in development and you can find it here in May 2020. 

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) supports mother and baby togetherness as a guiding principle for care, recommended by Health Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO) (2009). 

Eat, Sleep, Console refers to a clinical tool used in acute care to manage neonatal withdrawal symptoms. For resources and education opportunities, contact CPD accredited online modules will be available as on the UBC CPD site. ‎


Ensuring Best Care and Supports to Pregnant and Newly Parenting Women with Opioid Use Challenges Visioning Workshop was hosted by BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre and Perinatal Services BC in June 2018 in Vancouver. 

The From Visioning to Reality Forum: Caring for Pregnant and Newly Parenting Women Using Substances was hosted by the Provincial Perinatal Substance Use Project in June 2019 in Richmond.‎

The Renewed FIR Model of Care was developed in a collaborative process with the FIR interdisciplinary team and reflects alignment with the best evidence, leading and wise practices, and insights from women with lived and living experience. 

The FIR model of care provides the acute care design elements for the provincial blueprint for a perinatal substance use continuum of care. 

Indigenous Wellness

If you are an employee  or patient of BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Health Centre, access Indigenous Health  services (i.e. Indigenous Patient Liaisons) for health and support services for Indigenous women and families.

Contact First Nations Health Authority to get more information about medical travel, health benefits, and other resources. 


Providing excellent care involves connecting women with services and supports  in their communities. What's available to women and health professionals, will vary by region and area. 

If you have questions about where to refer or who to connect with, contact someone in the relevant health authority for specific services. 

Want to connect with an expert? Call the RACE line shared care telephone consultation line. 

Monday to Friday 0800-1700
Local Calls: 604-696-2131
Toll Free: 1-877-696-2131

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