Day 5: 99 Days to FASDay

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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 reliable evidence.

Women are being unfairly alarmed by official guidelines that warn them to avoid alcohol completely during pregnancy, experts claim. Some mothers-to-be may even be having an abortion because they are worried they have damaged their unborn child by drinking too much, it is claimed.

“We need to think hard about how risk is communicated to women on issues relating to pregnancy. There can be real consequences to overstating evidence or implying certainty when there isn’t any,” said Clare Murphy, director of external affairs at BPAS, the contraception and abortion charity.

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Day 4: 99 Days to FASDay

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Welcome to day 4 of 99 Days to 9/9:  September 9 – International FASD Awareness Day. 

Day 4 of 99 days to 9.9 FASDay

In a 1993 study, sixteen pairs of twins, all heavily exposed to alcohol prenatally, were evaluated. They represented all available twins of alcohol-abusing mothers who were on the patient rolls of the authors. In two pairs, one twin had fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), while the other had fetal alcohol effects (FAE). In 2 other pairs, one twin had no diagnosis while one had FAE.

More information on this study can be found here.

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Day 4: 99 Days to FASDay — our sacred breath

Welcome to day 4 of 99 Days to 9/9: September 9 – International FASD Awareness Day. In a 1993 study, sixteen pairs of twins, all heavily exposed to alcohol prenatally, were evaluated. They represented all available twins of alcohol-abusing mothers who were on the patient rolls of the authors. In two pairs, one twin had fetal […]

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Day 3: 99 Days to FASDay — our sacred breath

A recent European study of women, alcohol and pregnancy revealed: “One in six women reported use of alcohol after the pregnancy was recognized,” Angela Lupattelli, a scientist at the University of Oslo who took part in the study, told AFP. Surprisingly, women who admitted to drinking alcohol while pregnant were more likely to be older, […]

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Day 2: 99 Days to FASDay — our sacred breath

According to the Prevention Conversation: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a complex range of brain injuries that can result when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. Among the known causes of cognitive disabilities in North America, FASD tops the a life-long condition with no cure – one that occurs in all segments of society. According to […]

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