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National Perinatal Association 

No matter how you are involved across the spectrum of care for mothers, babies and families, the NPA provides programs, services and opportunities to learn and engage. At NPA, we focus on the impact and effect of perinatal care and policy on families and the healthcare providers who care for them – ensuring their voices are heard. 

Learn more about how you can become a member and access what NPA has to offer.


Thank you for joining us for

NPA's 2016 Conference

April 28-29, 2016  |  Houston, Texas

Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Perinatal Decision Making in the 21st Century 

See more information.  View the agenda.  Save the Date for 2017.


Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents

In January 2014, the National Perinatal Association convened a group of thought leaders and stakeholders - neonatologists, obstetricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, developmental care specialists, psychologists, social workers, public health experts, parent support group leaders and parents - to develop interdisciplinary guidelines for psychosocial support services for parents whose infants are hospitalized in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).

This group convened with the common purpose of improving the level of psychosocial support provided to NICU parents as well as improving training and support for those who provide care in NICUs.

The products of this interdisciplinary endeavour are:

You can download the Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents here, without the supporting narrative and references. Click here to view the full set of articles with references in the Supplement to the December, 2015 issue of Journal of Perinatology.


The NPA's Family Advocacy Network now hosts a quarterly webinar series in partnership with the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA). 

The inaugural webinar Understanding the Basic Components of Trauma-Informed Care with Kara Wahlin, MFT was hosted on Thursday March 3rd.  recording

Our next webinar is "A Roadmap for Improving Your NICU"  is on Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00 pacific/noon central/1:00 eastern. Sue Hall, MD & Kristy Love, a parent support program leader, will illustrate how to use the NPA's Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents to effectively advocate for change at your hospital.

See our infographic on this topic. And the QI process.

Contact Kristy at klove@nationalperinatal.org to receive information about future topics.


Pregnant Women, Drug Use, and NAS: Experts Share Science & Strategies That Help Women, Babies, and Families

Please take this survey to help us improve care for mothers with drug dependence:

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SAVE THE DATE: Become a member and get advanced registration for our 2017 conference "Perinatal Mental Health: Advocating for the Health and Wellbeing of Families" on March 9-11th in Atlanta.

NEW: Read NPA's Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents published in the December, 2015 issue of Journal of Perinatology.

Access the Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Pre-Term Infants

NPA's Egg Freezing position paper is now available.

View the revised 2015 NPA RSV Guidelines.

Learn more about Severe Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) and our advocacy efforts.


DID YOU KNOW? Members of the National Perinatal Association can subscribe to the 

at the discounted rate of $57 

(retail $195)


  • $45 for students and parents 
  • $75 for professionals.


Supporting NICU Staff Mental Health by Cheryl A. Milford, EdS

“Supporting the mental health of the NICU staff is as important as scaffolding the mental health needs of parents. Utilizing the family-centered care principles and the tenets of trauma-informed care in maintaining professional attitudes, choices and behaviors is vital to the practices and culture of the NICU.”


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