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!

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

FASD: Diagnostic Difficulties in the Neonatal Period and New Diagnostic Approaches

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“The research focuses on the analysis of ethanol metabolites in the biological tissues in pregnant women or newborns. The presence of fatty acid ethyl esters in the meconium could be a non-invasive and cost-effective method of early detection of disorders associated with prenatal alcohol exposure.” – Developmental Period Medicine Click Here to learn more.

What are the Differences Between FASD and Autism?

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

This article from NOFAS affiliate Proof Alliance states, “FASD and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a number of overlapping characteristics. They are both neurodevelopmental disabilities that can affect brain function, development, behavior, and social interaction… However, there are a number of differences between the two spectrum disorders.” Click here, to read article.

CDC Researchers Publish Study Promoting Healthy Child Development

Amy HendricksFamilies, Health Care Professionals

“CDC researchers recently published The Legacy for Children™ Randomized Control Trial: Effects on Cognition Through Third Grade for Young Children Experiencing Poverty in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Legacy for ChildrenTM (Legacy)—part of CDC’s ongoing effort to promote healthy child development in children—is a group-based intervention approach for mothers and babies from birth through early childhood who have … Read More

Check out this upcoming webinar! New Research on Policies Related to Alcohol and Drug Use During Pregnancy

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

April 15, 2019. 1:00pm ET “Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) is working to assess intended and unintended effects of state-level policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy and whether effects vary by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status (SES).” To register for this webinar, click HERE!