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National Guidelines and Professional Organizations

This page lists guidelines from states, national agencies, and professional societies regarding maternal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome.  This page will be updated regularly; if you know of guidelines or similar resources that should be added, please email

National Guidelines

The Joint Commission: Managing neonatal abstinence syndrome (September 2016)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):  

  >> Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants (Jan,2018)

  >> Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women A Treatment Improvement Protocol (2009)

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics: Neonatal Drug Withdrawal (Last Updated 2012)
>> Navigating NAS: The AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine’s TECaN Group (Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists) is engaging in a national effort to empower and educate providers about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The #NavigatingNAS Campaign will feature four quarters, each devoted to a different aspect of the continuum of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Each quarter will provide educational materials for clinical practice and resources for families in addition to webinars, podcasts, and social media outreach. 
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) Recommendation:
>> Opioid Use and Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Patient Safety Bundle:

The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative supported by the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

>> Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder Bundle

>> Council on Patient Safety In Women's Health Care Patient Safety Bundle: Resource List

>> Maternal OUD Resources

Last Updated: 1/14/19

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