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Harnessing the capabilities of adults who use alcohol during pregnancy

Educating women and their partners on how to care for themselves first and indirectly care for their babies may lead to the reduction and prevention... 


Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), as a type of intellectual disability, is an umbrella term used to describe the range of defects that are associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy (Urban, Stewart, Ruppelt & Geerts, 2008). In 2016, the total FASD affect was estimated at 182–259 per 1000 children or 18–26% for the Western Cape. Behnke & Smith (2013) suggest that prenatal alcohol exposure could lead to an interruption of foetal development, in particular brain development.

 

  • "A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” ―Eda J. Le Shan

  • “Drinking during pregnancy is linked with disaster – personal disaster for the ‘bright-eyed ones,’ disaster for their families and their hope for their young, and disaster for . . . society as we struggle to pay the huge price of this destruction.” - Prof. Ann Streissguth, Ph.D.

  • "If you're pregnant, don't drink. If you drink, don't get pregnant" - Eva Carner

  • "Every day is FASD Awareness day" - Teresa Kellerman (www.babybornfree.com)