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Read AWHONN's official positions on health policy and clinical issues.

Access to Health Care

Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Obstetric Settings

Breast Cancer Screening


Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care

Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman

Criminalization of Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders

Emergency Contraception

Fetal Heart Monitoring

Gender Bias in Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing

Health Care Decision Making for Reproductive Care

Health Information Technology for the Perinatal Setting

Human Trafficking

Infertility Treatment as a Covered Health Insurance Benefit (Under Revision)

Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives

Intimate Partner Violence


Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Newborn Screening 

Non-Medically Indicated Induction and Augmentation of Labor

Nursing Education

Nursing Care of Incarcerated Women During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Nursing Care Quality Measurement

Rights and Responsibilities of Nurses Related to Reproductive Health Care

Role of the Registered Nurse in the Care of the Pregnant Woman Receiving Analgesia/Anesthesia by Catheter Techniques

Smoking and Women's Health

The Role of the Nurse in Emergency Preparedness (Under Revision)

The Role of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Nursing Assistive Personnel) in the Nursing Care for Women and Newborns

The Use of Chaperones during Sensitive Examinations and Treatments

Women's Cardiovascular Health



AWHONN Joint Statements

Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care: A Multi-Organization Blueprint

Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action


Policy questions, contact Government Affairs

Clinical questions, contact Practice Reference


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