Special Mother’s Day Story from NOFAS

Amy HendricksFamilies, Women's Health

NOFAS has produced a special new Mother’s Day video! Meet Alexis Gimovsky, an expectant mother who is completely abstaining from all alcohol while pregnant. Alexis says, “As soon as I planned to get pregnant, I gave up alcohol because I know that no amount of alcohol is known to be safe in pregnancy.” Watch this video and read an in-depth … Read More

Canadian Study Identifies Five Most Vulnerable Groups for FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“FASD is substantially more prevalent for people in five vulnerable groups including children in care, Indigenous populations and people in prison, according to a global study by Canadian researchers. The lead author of the paper says the fluctuating prevalence rates in the study are further evidence that the idea women can safely have a glass of wine during dinner while … Read More

Alcohol’s Effects on Women’s Health

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

Congratulations! You are not pregnant and you are actively preventing pregnancy. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself how alcohol might impact your health? Alcohol affects men and women differently from a biological perspective. What are some health concerns for women when it comes to alcohol intake? Learn more about drinking in moderation and how binge drinking is defined. … Read More

Upcoming Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

May 9, 2019. 7:30-9:00pm Eastern “Many children in foster care and adoptive families were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. This webinar by NACAC’s parent support and training specialist, Barb Clark, explores the risk factors for FASD, the connections between brain impairment and behaviors, and the impact of trauma. You will also gain strategies for better supporting children who were … Read More

Arkansas Passes Pregnancy Warning Sign Law!

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events, Women's Health

A bill requiring the posting of warning signs in establishments that sell alcoholic beverages has been signed into law in Arkansas. After 10 years of trying, NOFAS affiliate Arkansas None for Nine is excited to celebrate this news. Arkansas None for Nine thanks Rep. Deborah Ferguson for her work on this bill and thanks to Ray Hanley with the Arkansas … Read More

FASD: Diagnostic Difficulties in the Neonatal Period and New Diagnostic Approaches

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“The research focuses on the analysis of ethanol metabolites in the biological tissues in pregnant women or newborns. The presence of fatty acid ethyl esters in the meconium could be a non-invasive and cost-effective method of early detection of disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.” – Developmental Period Medicine Click Here to learn more.

What are the Differences Between FASD and Autism?

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

This article from NOFAS affiliate Proof Alliance states, “FASD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a number of overlapping characteristics. They are both neurodevelopmental disabilities that can affect brain function, development, behavior, and social interaction… However, there are a number of differences between the two spectrum disorders.” Click here, to read article.

CDC Researchers Publish Study Promoting Healthy Child Development

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“CDC researchers recently published The Legacy for Children™ Randomized Control Trial: Effects on Cognition Through Third Grade for Young Children Experiencing Poverty in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Legacy for ChildrenTM (Legacy)—part of CDC’s ongoing effort to promote healthy child development in children—is a group-based intervention approach for mothers and babies from birth through early childhood who have … Read More