“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
“Social stigma and shame are putting pregnant women and their unborn babies at risk. Pregnant women who are addicted to opioids sometimes fear getting help, but that could be dangerous for them and their babies.” – WSBT News To Learn More, click HERE!
Have a Healthy and Happy Fourth of July by celebrating with a non-alcoholic beverage! If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, please remember you can stay cool and have fun celebrating the Fourth without drinking alcohol. Check out this great recipe you can use this week.
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
“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.
“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
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
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
“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
“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