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

8 Summer Steps for Healthy Living

Amy HendricksWomen's Health

Check out this article on healthy living this summer. Please pay attention to #7 – going light on alcohol and no alcohol if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. You can also check out FASDinNC for Mocktail recipes that will keep you cool and alcohol-free! Read article, HERE!

Canadian Study Identifies Five Most Vulnerable Groups for FASD

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

“FASD is substantially more prevalent for people in five vulnerable groups including children in care, Indigenous populations and people in prison, according to a global study by Canadian researchers. The lead author of the paper says the fluctuating prevalence rates in the study are further evidence that the idea women can safely have a glass of wine during dinner while … Read More

Alcohol’s Effects on Women’s Health

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals, Women's Health

Congratulations! You are not pregnant and you are actively preventing pregnancy. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself how alcohol might impact your health? Alcohol affects men and women differently from a biological perspective. What are some health concerns for women when it comes to alcohol intake? Learn more about drinking in moderation and how binge drinking is defined. … Read More

Upcoming Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from a Trauma Lens

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

May 9, 2019. 7:30-9:00pm Eastern “Many children in foster care and adoptive families were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol. This webinar by NACAC’s parent support and training specialist, Barb Clark, explores the risk factors for FASD, the connections between brain impairment and behaviors, and the impact of trauma. You will also gain strategies for better supporting children who were … Read More

New CDC Report: Increase in Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking among Pregnant Women

Amy HendricksUncategorized

Not the news I had hoped to hear. FASDinNC is seriously concerned that ongoing and increased normalization of alcohol use in our society contributed to this new data. It is therefore imperative to be mindful about statewide alcohol-related policies that reduce alcohol related harms. This is for the sake of current and future Carolinians. “In a new Morbidity and Mortality … 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

ACOG Will Host Twitter Chat on Risky Alcohol Use, this Wednesday, April 24 at 3pm ET

Amy HendricksHealth Care Professionals, Women's Health

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is hosting a Twitter chat for Alcohol Awareness Month about risky alcohol use during pregnancy, this Wednesday, April 24 at 3pm ET. Participate using #FASDchat. Partners include CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Learn More!