Day 10 of 99 Days to FASDay: When FASD Shows Up

According to NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) website: FASD is known as a “hidden disability” because most individuals affected by FASD are not diagnosed until adolescence, adulthood, if at all. School-aged children with fetal alcohol-related problems are usually only identified when they are referred for a learning disability or an attention deficit disorder. If clinicians can identify FASD … Continue reading Day 10 of 99 Days to FASDay: When FASD Shows Up

Day 6 of 99 Days to FASDay: Talking to Women About Alcohol and Pregnancy

FASD prevention work is complex; it involves much more than providing information about the risks of alcohol use in pregnancy. Preventing risky alcohol use by pregnant women (and mothers before and after pregnancy) does not take place at only one point in time, nor does it occur through a single interaction with one care provider. In … Continue reading Day 6 of 99 Days to FASDay: Talking to Women About Alcohol and Pregnancy

Day 5 of 99 Days to FASDay: No Known Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy

An article published in The Guardian on May 18, 2017 caused some controversy and discussion. Warning pregnant women over dangers of alcohol goes too far, experts say In the article various organizations and "experts" (in particular The British Pregnancy Advisory Service) feel the message of no alcohol during pregnancy scares women and is not based on … Continue reading Day 5 of 99 Days to FASDay: No Known Safe Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy

Pregnant? No Alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day means no FASD for your child.

If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, then please pass on the glass of alcohol today, and for the next nine months of pregnancy, and celebrate with something else instead. Drinking alcohol while pregnant, can cause your child to be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. FASD is the leading known cause of … Continue reading Pregnant? No Alcohol on St. Patrick’s Day means no FASD for your child.

Day 7, 8 and 9: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: British Columbia

The last three days I have had pretty spotty and inconsistent wifi access - so I will combine the last  three days of my red shoe journey to raise awareness of FASD in one post. I have shared my journey personally with my Facebook friends and through this blog, Twitter and Tumblr (under the Our … Continue reading Day 7, 8 and 9: Red Shoes Rock (across Canada) to Stop FASD: British Columbia