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

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

Mothers in Addiction Should Not Be Charged, Nursing Body Says

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

“The American Academy of Nursing is calling to end criminal prosecution and punitive civil charges against mothers and pregnant women solely based on illegal drug use and instead promoting a public health response. The academy released its opinion in a policy brief with recommendations for addressing mothers with substance use disorder at the federal, state, and provider level – prioritizing … Read More