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Tranquillisers: Pregnant Women

Volume 473: debated on Friday 14 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are provided to pregnant women to assist withdrawal from (a) voluntary and (b) involuntary or prescribed tranquilliser addiction. (191167)

The maternity services standard of the ‘National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services’ states that women who have substance misuse problems are at greater risk of problem pregnancies and their care should be provided by an integrated multidisciplinary and multi-agency team.

All national health service maternity care providers and mental health trusts should have in place joint working arrangements for maternity and mental health services, including arrangements for direct access by midwives, general practitioners and obstetricians to a perinatal psychiatrist.