CDC: Addressing Gaps in Health Care for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“CDC was honored to welcome a panel of experts to present CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR). PHGR featured speakers highlighted efforts to improve health outcomes for people with intellectual disabilities (ID), and underscored the need for better data, programs, and training to help communities and healthcare professionals reach this goal.” Read full article.

Occasional Drinking During Pregnancy and Its Effects on Insulin and Fetal Growth

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“The results from this study showed that males of ethanol-exposed rats showed elevated levels of insulin during glucose tolerance tests at six months of age, in comparison to females and control-grouped males; a sign of insulin resistance. The findings show that even acute, but moderate consumption of alcohol can lead to metabolic issues in a sex-specific manner.” – Medical News … Read More

Does North Carolina Do Enough to Help Children Affected by a Mom’s Prenatal Alcohol Use?

Amy HendricksFamilies, News & Events

“Larry Burd, director of the North Dakota Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center argues that FASD likely affects more people but public knowledge and understanding of it are nowhere near the recognition level of autism. “What’s really lacking now,” Burd said, “is organization and recognition at the state level. North Carolina needs a task force.” – North Carolina Health News To read … Read More

Every Day Needs to be FASDs Awareness Day!

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

Remember to spread the message that FASDs is a lifelong condition, affecting One in 20 school-age children, that’s one child in every classroom. FASDs can be 100% preventable. But we have to stop the spread of misinformation and support women in having an alcohol-free pregnancy. #moms2Bstayalcoholfree #healthypregnancies #alcoholandpregnancy #FASDs #FASDAwarenessMonth #FASDinNC #PreventFASDs #FASDSupports #proofalliance View this link.

New Book “Drinking for Two” Features 45+ Non-alcoholic Drinks

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“The book contains 45+ non-alcoholic, plant-based drink recipes made with ingredients that are nutritious. The book also contains a “nutrition primer” and a list of reliable resources for pregnancy. The authors, two dieticians, hope that this book empowers women and helps raise awareness about the potential harm that can come from consuming alcohol during pregnancy.” Click HERE, to learn more!

FASDs: It’s a Brain Thing!

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

Helping individuals with an FASD understand how their brain works is crucial. It’s important to remember that individuals with an FASD and their families need education, training and support. Damage caused by prenatal alcohol exposure is often misdiagnosed or missed entirely because individuals don’t “appear” impacted outwardly. It’s a brain thing! #moms2Bstayalcoholfree #healthypregnancies #alcoholandpregnancy #FASDs #FASDAwarenessMonth #FASDinNC #PreventFASDs #FASDSupports #proofalliance … Read More

Mother to Baby Podcast on Alcohol Use During Pregnancy!

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

Can some alcohol be ok in pregnancy? What about opioid use in a birth mom if adopting? Will the baby born have problems? Expert, Sarah Obican, MD, a maternal-fetal high risk pregnancy subspecialist from MotherToBaby’s Florida affiliate at the University of South Florida joins host Chris Stallman, CGC to answer one caller’s questions about a possible adoption. The podcast episode … Read More

It’s Not About Judgement, It’s About Awareness

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

Healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy play a key role in the ultimate outcome of a pregnancy; Women are receiving misinformation about alcohol use during pregnancy and it’s time to set the record straight. No type or amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy. Where is the proof? One in 20 kids have an FASD, a preventable brain … Read More

FASD Awareness Month – It’s Time We Looked at Alcohol

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

We used to smoke on airplanes. Drive without seatbelts. Use lead paint and asbestos. But then we woke up, looked at the facts. And, as a society, we decided to change things. It’s time we looked at alcohol use during pregnancy and the lifelong impact it can have on an individual. Stop the Misinformation! #moms2Bstayalcoholfree #healthypregnancies #alcoholandpregnancy #FASDs #FASDAwarenessMonth #FASDinNC … Read More