Former Foster Kid with FASD Finds Success in Running

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

 Former Foster Kid with FASD Finds Success in Running “26-year old Jonas Eastcott is a full-time marathon runner who, just last month, was inducted into the Manitoba Runners Association Hall of Fame.  Jonas arrived at life’s starting-line as a six-day-old foster kid with FASD.  He referred to his “anxiety” and “depression,” and how the running helps him cope. “If you … Read More

Motherhood Requires Sacrifice for Benefit of the Child; Avoid Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs During Pregnancy

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

Motherhood Requires Sacrifice for Benefit of the Child; Avoid Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs During Pregnancy This editorial by Emily Siemens states, “Being a mother is a very important responsibility and it requires sacrifice for the benefit of the child. Yet, in the United States, 20 percent of pregnant women (about 1 million) smoke cigarettes and another 18 percent (about 750,000) … Read More

Watch Recorded NOFAS Webinar: Preventing Secondary Conditions in People with FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

Watch Recorded NOFAS Webinar: Preventing Secondary Conditions in People with FASD Presented by Christie Petrenko, Ph.D.  People with FASD are at increased risk for developing secondary conditions, such as mental health problems, school disruption, trouble with the law, and substance use. This webinar integrates what we have learned from research and the clinical wisdom of providers and families on the prevention … Read More

Results are in from Study that Put Pregnancy Tests in Bars

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

“A two year experiment that brought FASD education and pregnancy tests to bar bathrooms in Alaska stopped some women from drinking. That conclusion comes from researchers with the University of Alaska… The study found that 42 women learned they were pregnant and committed to stop drinking. “Those 42 women, that’s a significant public health win that this study was able … Read More

NOFAS Webinar: FASD and the Role of Occupational Therapy May 18, 2017 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

This free NOFAS webinar will be presented by Joy D. Doll. Occupational therapy and FASD share one thing in common – both are fairly unknown. Yet, it is important to understand both in the intervention of FASD. FASD is a brain-based disorder that impacts daily activity. This presentation will share the impact of alcohol exposure on brain development and how … Read More

Prenatal Exposure to Opioids and Marijuana a Growing Concern to NOFAS

FASDinNCFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

NOFAS, The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, “has extended its mission and priorities to include the dissemination of information about the prenatal risks of tobacco, heroin and other opioids, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. The new language underlines the NOFAS commitment to individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and the organization’s attention to alcohol and pregnancy … Read More

Binge drinking before pregnancy ‘increases risk’ of diabetes for babies, Study Suggests

FASDinNCFamilies, Health Care Professionals, News & Events

As seen on this weeks NOFAS Weekly Round-Up! “American scientists have said binge drinking before conception could make children more likely to have high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function. While the effects of alcohol use during pregnancy on babies are well known, including possible birth defects and learning difficulties, far less is understood about the effects of … Read More

NOFAS Recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month with the Latest Edition of the Circle of Hope Newsletter

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

This issue of the NOFAS Circle of Hope newsletter features the story of birth mother Julie Folland and her 17-year old daughter Lindsay.  Julie was her biggest champion, and became obsessed with learning about the condition and getting her daughter all the help she needed.  If you work with women that may have an alcohol use disorder (AUD)http://www.nofas.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/COH-April-2017-newsletter.pdf please help … Read More