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Substance Use Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Substance Use for PREGNANCY, LABOUR & CHILDBIRTH professional training. These Substance Use online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Substance Use education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

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Heather Thompson, MS, PhD, is a molecular and cellular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She has worked on issues related to reproductive health for more than 25 years, advocating for equity, access and autonomy in childbirth. From 2010-2017 she was the Research Director at a freestanding birth center in Colorado, advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. Currently she is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a birth justice organization that allows her to combine her background in birth access and equity with science and community organizing. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care, birth choices and legal cannabis. Born and raised in Colorado, in the US, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.

Abstract:

Increased cannabis liberalization has resulted in a more active conversation about perinatal cannabis use, but globally, research and policy perspectives vary dramatically. This presentation will provide a summary of the endocannabinoid system, international rates of perinatal cannabis use, and varying beliefs about the use of cannabis as medicine across the globe. We will explore the published research on the potential health effects of perinatal cannabis use, highlighting physiologic harm reduction strategies. Beyond the health implications, we will discuss the relationship between professional organizational recommendations and the care pregnant and lactating families receive when healthcare policies reflect an abstinence-only approach. Any risk/benefit analysis about perinatal cannabis use should include the potential for significant legal and governmental intervention, which has its own set of outcomes and implications. Finally, the emerging science of high CBD/low THC products will be presented with an eye towards understanding the potential implications of perinatal CBD use.

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Presentations: 13  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Dr. Lenora Marcellus is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She has practiced as an RN for over 30 years in a range of maternal-infant settings and roles. Her current research interests include perinatal substance use, neonatal opioid withdrawal, and supporting infants in foster care. She is a member of the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Partnership Network Action Team on FASD Prevention from a Women’s Determinants of Health Perspective.

Abstract:

Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy continues to be a substantial global health and social concern. In this workshop, we will reflect on the history of how society and health care providers have viewed and treated women who use substances during pregnancy. Using the perspectives of trauma informed care, harm reduction and health equity, we will explore recent developments in perinatal and neonatal evidence-informed practice in the care of women and infants. Exemplars of innovative community and hospital programs will be shared.

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Presentations: 14  |  Hours / CE Credits: 14.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.