Alcohol and Pregnancy:  What’s the Risk?

Thank you Toronto Public Health

Pregnancy to Parenting

September is FASD Awareness month.  As a member of the Toronto FASD Network, we are joining the Red Shoes Rock campaign to raise awareness about this preventable disease. To recognize this important initiative, the Toronto sign will be lit up in red on September 9th, and we’re asking you to help us spread the word by wearing your red shoes throughout the month of September to bring attention to the impact FASD has on individuals and families.

What is FASD & what does it mean for baby?

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD) is a lifelong disability that has no cure.  FASD is a term used to describe the range of lifelong physical, mental, behavioural and learning disabilities that can occur only in individuals whose birth mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
  • FASD is totally preventable.  The safest choice in pregnancy is no alcohol at all.  In fact, it’s never too…

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Dear Teacher…I have FASD

Anne helps teachers understand #FASD from the inside out. Way to go!

LIVING with FASD...and Autism

Dear Teacher,
I have FASD. I have a hard time hearing everything you say. I try, but sometimes I just don’t understand. It’s hard for me to understand the directions you say. Lot’s of times I forget as soon as you say what I’m supposed to do. I look at others, not cuz I want to cheat, but cuz I want to know what I’m supposed to do next. I know it seems like I’m not paying attention, but I just don’t understand.

I’m not lazy. It seems like I dont want to do my work, but I do. I’m just not sure how to do it. If you tell me exactly what I’m supposed to do a couple of times, I might understand better. You might have to explain it to me with no one else around.

My senses are really sensitive. Sometimes I need breaks from the classroom…

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Day 89 – 98 of 99 Days to FASDay

Creating a safe environment for women to choose 049 #FASD #pregnantpause #sobriety #alcoholfree

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Days 89-98 to FASDay

Today’s post is slightly different then the rest. Whereas when I highlighted a series from one particular source, I ended with the summary, today I am starting with the summary.

If you want to share the individual infographics for each of these 10 components of FASD prevention I will be posting those daily on OSB social media (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest). You can find the social media links on the right hand side of this page or on the FASD Around the Web page.

I have switched it up because from September 1 – 9 my blog posts on WordPress will focus on my participation in the Red Shoes Rock to Stop FASD campaign.

The information below is used with permission of CanFASD – however I encourage you to visit their webpage to download a copy of the  PDF Document which includes references for each of the components.


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FASD – The light in this black hole.

Thank you Lee – you are one of our LIGHTS in this #FASD journey.


When I was a child, long before my diagnosis of FASD, when everyone suspected I was just down, depressed, overwhelmed, lazy and told I just don’t care about anything. My mum would say “your in a black hole” and you need to get out of it. She was right, as mums always are, but back at the young age I never really understood what she ment, or how I was supposed to just get out. It’s not so easy when you don’t really understand what is going on in your own mind, it was always pinned to some traumatic event I had been through, the death of my father, or my class mate being murdered during summer holidays, or some other tough life event that I had not gotten past, and more than one councillor seemed to find me a lost cause. Later on once I began drinking, the alcohol…

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Day 81 of 99 Days to FASDay

Looking for links for #FASD check these out!

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Day 81 of 99 Days to FASDay

40 Years Later the Message is Still Partially Eclipsed: Alcohol and Pregnancy Do Not Mix

Day 81 of 99 Days to FASDay and the big news today is the solar eclipse. For some of us the sun will completely be eclipsed, for others it will only be a partial.

And it seems fitting today’s message is related to the fact that still, 40 years after Drs Jones and Smith identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, many people still remain in the dark about the effects of not only drinking during pregnancy, but also prior to conception – for both males and females.

049 Before and After

“It’s deeply concerning,” said Jones, who is president of MotherToBaby, a service of the international non–profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), and considered the world’s leading expert on FAS as well as other areas of birth defects research. According to Jones, the concern has become amplified as recent, misleading…

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Day 83 of 99 Days to FASDay

Thanks Yvonne for another #FASD diamond

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Day 83 of 99 Days to FASDay

Binge Drinking on Canadian College and University Campuses

Day 83 of 99 Days to FASDay continues a brief focus on alcohol and drinking habits, with the results from a 2016 survey of over 43,000 students in Canada.

This is of particular interest to myself as the maiden starts College in September. She not only moved from a small town to a city this summer, she will be attending College with more students older than her, than younger. And all of them age of majority. While I have been lucky so far as she does not drink alcohol, there is trepidation as she may want to experiment.

I’m sure all parents are concerned as their children enter adulthood and go off to college or university, but as the parent of a young adult with FASD my concerns and fears are amplified for many reasons. Her vulnerability puts her at heightened risk…

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Loneliness and loss: a lifetime of good-byes

So sorry for your and the maidens loss – words are never enough – alRed Shoes Rock sends our love

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The maiden’s life has been a series of good-byes and losses. The loss of her birth family when she was brought into care. The loss of her foster family and friends when she was adopted and moved away. The loss of pets, people and friendships throughout her short life. All have impacted who she is, but this last one has brought tears and a grief that will take a long time to heal: the death of her best friend.

Friends have been few and far between in the maiden’s life. It seems every time she has made a friend, that friend moves away before the friendship ever really develops. If the friend does not move away, the friendship does not develop because friendship is a very difficult thing to maintain for some with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. The types of friends they attract may use them because they are so…

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