#14 Days To FASDay – Plan a Pregnant Pause!

Host a Pregnant Pause… in your community… at your school… at your government center… get some attentions

How many Pregnant Pauses can we host around the world….

Need some t-shirts to sport a look….
Visit www.cafepress.com/fasdawareness 

#16 Days To FASDay – Trail of Tears – History of FASD

A Trail of Tears
The History of FASD

Peggy Oba, takes us on a trail of the tears of Fetal Alcohol from ancient times to the present.
If you are interested click here

You will see there is nothing new FASDs have been among us since alcohol.

Are we ready to remain sober for our future children?

#17 Days To FASDay – Cheers to all babies

Cheers to all the babies.
May they grow healthy and warm in their special places.

Tonight our family will celebrate a new tradition.

We are baking a large pretzel bread for break-fast tomorrow, the knot in the bread will be a square knot – the bread braided and we’ll be lighting candles in remembrance of all the persons in the world with Fetal Alcohol brain damage while we say a prayer of protection from the alcohol. Our family enjoys this tradition on New Years.

This may be a way we could all celebrate the eve of 9/9

#20 Days To FASDay – Listen to persons with FASD

One of Many Voices 

for Fetal Alcohol Awareness Day

Note from jodee: I have removed L.’s name and country and added word changes in (–).
Please understand that this woman with fetal alcohol is writing in English, speaks
the language of the country she lives in and was born in another country with another
language – Well done L. You are a beautiful person. Keep safe.

Dear Jodee and Liz

I am 31 years old…I have FAS

I have pay (bought) Liz and your book,
the best i can be…i have been,
is comfusing very often,
and think bad things about myself…
but when i read the book i cried..
becuse i’m felt not alone anymore…
I’m catholic and is very comfusing their sometimes..
no one can see that i have FAS and
is hard to lived up to the church..
i always failed..
everybody failed,
but i’m never learnd,
and i’m feel bad..

but when i read your and Liz book,
and about your trust in God
i’m now feeling calm…
but i cry and cry..

I’m single mother to a boy who is 5
and get help from the socity in my country
…clean help,
and with paper…
but i wish more
…it’s very difficult

…i pray for God’s protection and
that he chow me to be a good mother…
hope you understand my english.

God bless you and your family.
Love from L. in Europe

Dear L.
Your English is beautiful and
very very good I am happy with your English.
To speak three languages and write to me
is very very wonderful.

Lord I pray for L. –
you know she is a good woman
and person and kind and loving.
Lord I ask for you to help her
and let her know she is not alone,
that many men and women have FAS and
many live good lives
She is living a good life
being the best she can be.
Father be with her and
help her learn good things
to grow in your love.

Jodee and Liz
L. may I share your email with other families?
Or may I add to my website –
I think your words are wonderful!

Dear Jodee and Liz,
thanks for caring and answer
Thanks for your beutiful prayer…
yes you can add it on your website,
but please not wright where i’m from…

My FAS is many fysical disorder
like haert deffects, and i have problem
with member (memory) in daily life,
when i cooks food,
and sometimes i’m not see cars come in my way…
and problem with anger, and self defence..
but i tried gfcd ( wtithout gluten and casein milk)
and now i don’t cut my self,
sometimes i have bite my self in anger,
but your book gave me hope,

It learned me to try to pray insted,
or chows bite paper insted…
my son gives me so mutch and i love him,
so i need to focus him..

the daily life is hard to focus and
it’s so mutch planning…
but God leads me,
even i’m bad sometimes…
One time in week i,m riding.
It’s good for me too

Love and pray, L.

#52 Days To FASDay – Get the Current Research


Stay on top of current statistics and research! 

Provide media interviews and reporters with the newest data.

Thank you for being a part of our Million Mind March to Build Better Baby Brains. The following letter was received by Better Endings New Beginnings – July 19, 2012 – We are offering you an early view today of the report. We appreciate everyone’s efforts. 

Dear Partners,
We would like to share with you findings that were published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The report*, Alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age – United States, 2006-2010, describes findings from CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) examining any alcohol use and binge drinking among pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age (18-44 years) in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010. The main findings from these data analyses are:
·         7.6% of pregnant women (or 1 in 13) and 51.5% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 2) reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
·         Among pregnant women, the highest estimates of reported alcohol use were among those who were:
o   Aged 35-44 years (14.3%);
o   White (8.3%);
o   College graduates (10.0%);
o   Employed (9.6%)
·         1.4% of pregnant women (or 1 in 71) and 15.0% of nonpregnant women (or 1 in 7) reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. (Binge drinking was defined as having consumed four or more drinks on an occasion at least one time in the past 30 days.)
·         Among binge drinkers, the average frequency and intensity of binge episodes were similar, about three times per month and approximately six drinks on an occasion, among those who were pregnant and those who were not.
·         Among nonpregnant binge drinkers, binge drinking prevalence, frequency, and intensity were highest among those aged 18-24 years.
Alcohol consumption (any use and binge drinking) among pregnant women is still an important public health concern. Pregnant and nonpregnant women of childbearing age who misuse alcohol are an important population for public health interventions. This report helps identify the population of women who engage in risky drinking behaviors and can help target interventions to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies.
Because no safe level of alcohol during pregnancy has been established and alcohol is known to cause birth defects, developmental disabilities, and other adverse pregnancy outcomes, women who are pregnant or who might become pregnant should refrain from drinking alcohol. We know that FASDs are 100% preventable if alcohol is not consumed during pregnancy, so why take the risk?
*Reported by: Claire M. Marchetta, MPH, Clark H. Denny, PhD, R. Louise Floyd, DSN, Nancy E. Cheal, PhD, Joseph E. Sniezek, MD. Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities; Lela R. McKnight-Eily, PhD, Division of Population Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Team
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Online Manual – www.fasday.com
Seminar – Or try our easy, effective, exciting 1½ hour program that walks you
 through the morning of Sept.9: http://www.come-over.to/FASDAY/ABCDEFG/ 
(material from 2002 has excellent ideas)

Follow us through the next 60 days and plan your local or personal project to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – Each One Can Reach One!

Need family support visit www.toolboxparent.com
Need ideas for adults living with challenges of FASD visit www.braidedcord.net
Need information on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders visit www.betterendings.org
Interested in service dog for FASD visit www.thechancerchronicles.com