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

NIDA: Addiction and Substance Use Disorders: Tips for Communicating without Stigma

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

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

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

Special Mother’s Day Story from NOFAS

Amy HendricksFamilies, Women's Health

NOFAS has produced a special new Mother’s Day video! Meet Alexis Gimovsky, an expectant mother who is completely abstaining from all alcohol while pregnant. Alexis says, “As soon as I planned to get pregnant, I gave up alcohol because I know that no amount of alcohol is known to be safe in pregnancy.” Watch this video and read an in-depth … Read More