Alcohol and Other Drug Use during Pregnancy among Women in the Cape Metropole, South Africa

Use of alcohol, illicit drugs and other psychoactive substances during pregnancy can lead to multiple health and social problems for both mother and child, including miscarriage, stillbirth, low birthweight, prematurity, physical malformations and neurological damage.

But only little is known about the nature and extent of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use among pregnant women in Cape Town, South Africa.

According to this research article there are high levels of substance use among pregnant women attending public sector antenatal clinics.
And there is a need for routine screening for AOD use and appropriate responses depending on the women’s level of risk.

Read the full open access Research Article

Alcohol and Other Drug Use during Pregnancy among Women Attending Midwife Obstetric Units in the Cape Metropole, South Africa

by Petal Petersen Williams et al

here

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Posted on June 27, 2014, in Maternal Mental Health, Substance abuse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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