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.

Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

Amy HendricksNews & Events, Women's Health

FASDinNC wants to remind veiwers that if you are pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, abstaining from alcohol is the healthiest start to any pregnancy. But if you are not pregnant and considering decreasing your alcohol consumption, please read this article. You are not alone! The “sober curious” or “sober sometimes” movement started as a challenge for those who felt … 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

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

Arkansas Passes Pregnancy Warning Sign Law!

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

A bill requiring the posting of warning signs in establishments that sell alcoholic beverages has been signed into law in Arkansas. After 10 years of trying, NOFAS affiliate Arkansas None for Nine is excited to celebrate this news. Arkansas None for Nine thanks Rep. Deborah Ferguson for her work on this bill and thanks to Ray Hanley with the Arkansas … Read More