Not thrilled with the stigma language but great article.
Before Isaiah Boylan emerged from his mother’s womb he was damaged for life. His mother drank a lot and didn’t think or know what the alcohol might do to the developing brain of the baby she was carrying.
Maybe she didn’t immediately realize she was pregnant — fifty per cent of Canadian pregnancies are unplanned — and had already inflicted brain damage on her unborn son during the critical first trimester.
Researchers know that a pregnant woman who drinks heavily can impose a life sentence of disability on her child. But they are also discovering that a woman who enjoys a few glasses of wine a week can do the same. It’s often more about timing than quantity.
Health Canada estimates that about nine in 1,000 Canadian babies are born alcohol affected…
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