Idaho Perinatal Project

CDC DRH Partner Update: Hear Her Campaign, MMWR, AIM and NNPQC Meeting, & New PQC Video

Today, DRH released a new MMWR report using data from CDC’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) show that about 4% percent of women reported using marijuana during pregnancy. Among women who used marijuana in the three months before pregnancy, 41% continued use during pregnancy. The most common reasons for using marijuana during pregnancy were to relieve stress/anxiety, nausea/vomiting, and pain. These findings reveal a need for health care providers to conduct evidence-based substance use screening for marijuana use.

I’d also like to share my gratitude to all who planned and participated in the inaugural joint National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (NNPQC) and Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) meeting. DRH was pleased to partner with National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on this event. There is so much incredible work going on to improve the care for moms and babies! At this meeting, we shared a new CDC video that explains to viewers what Perinatal Quality Collaboratives are and how they work, as well as provides examples of their successes in improving perinatal care. View the video at

Wanda Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention