FASD Awareness Month – It’s Time We Looked at Alcohol

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

We used to smoke on airplanes. Drive without seatbelts. Use lead paint and asbestos. But then we woke up, looked at the facts. And, as a society, we decided to change things. It’s time we looked at alcohol use during pregnancy and the lifelong impact it can have on an individual. Stop the Misinformation! #moms2Bstayalcoholfree #healthypregnancies #alcoholandpregnancy #FASDs #FASDAwarenessMonth #FASDinNC … Read More

CDC Brings Together FASD Researchers and Collaborators to Share Findings

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, News & Events

“The FASD Grantee Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by the CDC, focused on sharing innovative practices and disseminating findings from across the country related to preventing and addressing FASDs… Diane King, Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, said, “Meeting with collaborators and researchers from around the country is an opportunity to learn from others and share … Read More

NOFAS Webinar on “How to Prevent FASD in Your Community”

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

NOFAS is hosting a free webinar on September 19th at 3:00pm Eastern on “How to Prevent FASD in Your Community.” The purpose is to bring together FASD advocates and professionals to work together to prevent FASD. NOFAS will feature FASD Month/Day Campaigns from across the U.S. This free one hour webinar is open to all. Several FASD advocates will present … Read More

The New York Times: “Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire”

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

This article states, “The best evidence shows that punitive policies can dissuade women from getting prenatal care… It’s easy to stigmatize women who drink during pregnancy, with words and with policy. The goal, though, is healthier mothers and infants. To achieve that, policymakers may need to stop stigmatizing and start over.” Read the full article, here.

Low-level Alcohol Use Increases Miscarriage Risk

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy—even in small amounts—have a 19 percent greater risk of miscarriage than women who don’t use alcohol, according to a new study by Vanderbilt researchers. Published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, the study also found that for alcohol exposure of less than five drinks per week, each additional drink per week during pregnancy was … Read More

AAFP Recruiting for Alcohol SBI Office Champions Project

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

“Family physicians are in a prime position to address risky alcohol use in adults, particularly women of childbearing age in whom it could lead to FASD, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is looking for as many as 25 family medicine practices to participate in its new Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Office Champions Project. Applications are due … Read More

Using Cannabis During Pregnancy Linked to FASD-Like Symptoms in Animal Study

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

“Women shouldn’t use cannabis and/or alcohol during pregnancy, warn scientists who examined the potential harm in animals… Professor Jennifer D. Thomas says, “Although it has been known that prenatal alcohol exposure can adversely affect later behavioral development, this study suggests that prenatal cannabis exposure can also influence behavioral development, and that effects may be more severe when combined with alcohol. … Read More