Cannabis & Pregnancy: Getting Ahead of Policy

Resource Type
Health Professionals
Parents & Caregivers
Health Topic
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Smoking & Tobacco

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit Family Health Team is pleased to release “Cannabis and Pregnancy: Getting Ahead of Policy,” the first of three reports in a three-year cannabis and pregnancy project.

The report explores the needs and barriers identified by service and health care professionals to provide effective interventions and strategies during preconception and pregnancy to prevent cannabis exposed pregnancies. It includes findings from a local and provincial environmental scan as well as a literature review undertaken in 2017 following the Government’s announcement to legalize cannabis in 2018.

Seven themes emerged from the literature and were further analyzed to determine their relationship to the Ontario Public Health Standards (2008) Reproductive Health standards and the Ontario Public Health Standards 2018, Healthy Growth and Development standards.