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Substance use in the perinatal period: The impact upon perinatal care, physical health, mental health, pregnancy and birth outcomes and how risk factors moderate any effects.


Understanding the reasons why women of childbearing age use illicit substances is essential in planning what care this patient population needs.This project will explore three areas in the 1973-1978 and 1989-1995 cohorts in women who report pregnancy/birth. Initially the rates of reported substance use in the last year, among women in the perinatal period (defined as pregnant or in the first postnatal year will be determined). Associations between recent substance use and physical health, mental health and perinatal outcomes will be established. The contribution that various risk factors provide to any association will be analysed.