20-02-06 Creating a Circle of Hope: Have We Made Progress in Supporting Women to Prevent Substance Exposures During Pregancy?

23rd Annual Premier Women's Healthcare Virtual Conference

0.8 CE (NCC 5 )

Individuals who did not register for the Conference can now purchase individual session recordings. Anyone who was registered for the Main Conference (October 16-17, 2020) will have access to all recordings, free of any additional charge, through November 15, 2021.


Marilyn Pierce-Bolger MN, FNP-BC, CNM, APRN

Interim President-Board of Directors, Alaska Center for FASD

Anchorage, Alaska 

Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell MHS, LCADC

Vice President and International Spokesperson 

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Intended Audience:

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners (WHNPs), WHNP students, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) and other nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians who care for women. 

 Activity Number:  20-02-06  

CE Approval Period:  Now through November 15, 2021 

Approved CE Credit Hours:  .80 CE contact hour credit 

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been evaluated and approved by the Continuing Education Approval Program of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health for 0.8 CE contact hours, zero hours of pharmacology content.  

Program Description

Current prevalence estimates indicate that up to 1 in 20 children in the U.S. may have FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), which is a range of preventable lifelong disabilities that can present as attention, learning, social, and behavioral challenges. Current data for women drinking during pregnancy is concerning (recent patterns have shifted from 1 in 10 to 1 in 9 women continuing to drink -CDC) and mixed messages in the media, from ‘influencers’ & friends/family members, and from health professionals combine to increase the risk. Marilyn and co-presenter, Kathy Mitchell (founder & National Spokesperson for National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and founder of the Circle of Hope mentoring program) will explore the factors that influence alcohol use in our culture, stigma related to women who may be consuming alcohol & substances (especially during pregnancy), and how effective strategies can support women and reduce alcohol-exposed pregnancies. 

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to: 

1. Discuss historical and current attitudes and assumptions about women who use alcohol and/or substances.

2. Describe strategies that can help to reduce reproductive age women’s risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies

3. Examine options for reducing stigma and supporting women with an AUD/SUD by helping them to access treatment and supports that will help them to maintain recoveryp

 Faculty Disclosures: 

Marilyn Pierce-Bolger is a consultant for the CDC funded grantee with the Collaborative for an Alcohol-Free Pregnancy 

Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell has no stated disclosures  

Successful Completion: 

Successful completion of this activity requires the participant to: 

  1. Read the educational objectives, disclosures and disclaimers.
  2. Watch the session recording
  3. Complete the session evaluation
  4. Print your CE certificate (the certificate will be stored on the NPWH E-Learning site under My Transcripts).
  5. These steps must be completed prior to the course expiration date
  6. Some courses required a post-test.  If a post test is required participants must earn a score of 70%.   

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