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

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