NOFAS Needs Your Voice to Advance FASD Legislation and Policy

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

NOFAS is seeking advocates to help increase awareness and investment for FASD. A new bill is expected to be introduced this summer in the United States Congress to reauthorize the federal response to FASD. The legislation would direct research, prevention, and support activities at agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Upon its introduction, the bill will … Read More

Research Evaluates Prenatal Care Providers’ Understanding of Alcohol Exposure and Screening Practices

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

“New research has evaluated midwives’ and nurse-midwives’ understanding of the risks of drinking in pregnancy, and their screening practice… Analysis showed that 38% of respondents believe it is safe to drink alcohol during at least one trimester of pregnancy, and 44% reported that having one drink per occasion is acceptable.” – News Medical Read more, here.

Contemporary OB/GYN: How Often Do Pregnant Women Drink Alcohol?

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals

“The effects of alcohol consumption during pregnancy are well known, but a small but not insignificant number of women are not getting the message. A recent study in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report analyzed prevalence of alcohol consumption and binge drinking (consuming four or more beverages on at least one occasion) among pregnant … Read More

NIDA: Addiction and Substance Use Disorders: Tips for Communicating without Stigma

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

This article by Tara Garwood, Social Media Strategist at NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states, “We find that naming things in a clear, scientific manner helps to minimize stigma. It’s not always about replacing specific words, though. How we describe things also affects the way people view them. For example, we define addiction as a chronic brain disorder, … Read More

Podcast Episode on Impacts of FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

Listen to this episode of the podcast “Breakfast with Murray Jones” as Jones speaks with Anne Russell from the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (RFFADA) about the impacts of FASD. RFFADA is a “national not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to prevention and ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning … Read More

Pregnant Women With Substance Use Disorders Need Treatment, Not Prison

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

“Masquerading as health policymakers purporting to protect the fetus, prosecutors, legislatures, and judges have incarcerated more than 1,000 pregnant women in the United States solely for substance use during pregnancy since the 1970s, and the practice continues today. Why do legislators, law enforcement, and misdirected policymakers persist in this cruel and traumatic crusade against women and their children?” – STAT … Read More

Empowering Moms this Mother’s Day and Every Day: Making the Most of Prenatal Appointments

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“I didn’t even know I should ask my OB about that!” It’s a reaction I hear almost daily as a teratogen information specialist. This particular caller’s reaction was like so many women going into their first appointment after finding out they were pregnant – she really didn’t know how to be her own best advocate. I don’t blame her by … Read More

U.K. Launches Major FASD Prevention Campaign

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

It seems after years of normalizing alcohol in the UK, they are finally seeing the need to address the long-term impact of alcohol use during pregnancy. The United States could learn from their mistakes. “Health officials in Manchester, United Kingdom are now launching a £1.6 million pound campaign to tackle FASD. Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social … 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