Let’s use our Red Shoes and Stomp our Stigma concerning #FASD
Continuing with the suggestions to change our language around FASD, Day 23 of 99 Days to FASDay focuses on parents and caregivers. I don’t know about you, but I’m 50/50 on these terms. I’ve likely used one or both of the first two terms. I don’t think I’ve ever used the last term. Have you ever used these terms?
What does the Project say?
The term ‘admitted’ (to alcohol use) implies that this is a confession of wrongdoing and has a moral judgement overtone. The term ‘confirmed’ is neutral.
Using alcoholics or women who choose to drink:
Research tells us that women do not intentionally seek to harm their unborn children.
Some women may be unaware of their pregnancy when drinking heavily. Some women have addictions and mental health challenges and find quitting extremely difficult despite pregnancy.
Some women have abusive partners who pressure them to drink while pregnant.
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