#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

#27 Days To FASDay – Host a baby shower

Plan a PARTY!

A PREGNANT PAUSE EVENT or HOST A BABY SHOWER FOR A NEW SOON-TO-BE MOM

Get a group of friends and join together to
support sobriety for a newly pregnant mom.

Need some ideas….

Visit Liz Kulp’s
FunWithoutAlcohol blog for FREE RECIPES

Download some great SPIRIT FREE RECIPES

Host a Non-Alcoholic Drink Mixing Contest with the best drink toasted to the future.

Take a PASS commitment to support a sober pregnancy – offering to find spirit free fun events and support during the tough and joyous moments.

Most of all HAVE FUN and CELEBRATE

Join the
Million Minds March to Build Better Baby Brains
Raise the Standard
Zero 4 Nine

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#35 Days To FASDay – Invocation


FASDay Invocation & Poem

(This beautiful and inclusive prayer was written and delivered by Sister Eileen Power at the Toronto observance, and has been updated. It’s freely available for anyone in the world who wants to use it. If you use it, please credit Sister Eileen Power, and mention that she is a teaching sister of the Congregation of Notre Dame in Toronto.)

by Sr. Eileen Power, CND

O Great Spirit, Creator of the Universe, we gather on the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month in the (first year of the New Millennium).
Our connection with our whole world is made visible in a special way today.
People in every time zone gather, as we gather, to change our world.
By our coming together and our working together, we will make the world better.
Accept our prayers with all who are praising you this very moment and with all who will gather today.
As we begin (this millennium), we are filled with hope,
O Ever-Creating God,
that in the circle of life,
in the cosmos, in the womb,
in our hearts,
your hope goes round,
your strength goes round,
your power goes round,
your love goes round and
our hearts and spirits are joined in a new birth.

We gather to intensify our awareness of the fragile beauty of life from the first moment of conception, of the privilege of the nine months of pregnancy, and of our resolve to help all children and adults with fetal substance disorders to lead happier and more fulfilling lives.

All of our words, gestures and hopes of today:
Our silence and our bells,
Our dance and our reflection,
Our words and our drums,
Our children and our knots,
Our lullabies and our resolve,
All of our words, gestures and hopes of today,
Are powerful reminders that life is your gift to us.
May the drumming of our hearts, echoing the drum of the heartbeat of the universe, be the sound of your tender love.
May the knot of our connections be ever firm. And may this special moment on this special day continue to mark the beginning of change, for mothers, for fathers, for all children and for those yet-to-be, and for all of us who join in spirit today around this unique planet, so beautiful, so fragile, so large and yet so small. Together, we are family.

“The Integrity of Hope” (optional)
This is a warm and positive way to end your event, particularly if it is read by a birth mother or person living with FASDs.

The Integrity of Hope
by Michael Kami, 1993

Just as the gentle flutter of a butterfly’s wing
Can change the path of a hurricane
So the gentle beat of a child’s heart
Can change the destiny of the world.
Children are our future and our hope.
Only they determine humanity’s progress.
We must protect all children.
We must feed all children.
We must educate all children.
We must love all children.
They are we and we are they,
In a joint journey to a better future!

#40 Days To FASDay – Press Releases – Get Latest Data


Begin to Prepare Your Media Release Ideas for International FASDay – Get your media strategy started 



Don’t forget your other public places to share

(Jeff Noble has some great ideas) at 

  • blogs 
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • twitter
  • Google plus
  • community events calendar 
  • church bulletins
  • school and association newsletters 

Suggested Media Release for Canada (should fit on single page):

For Immediate ReleaseContact:
(contact person’s name)
(contact person’s phone number)
(use actual date)
(contact person’s e-mail address)
(Name of your organization)

Fights FAS: International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day Video Premiere, Sept. 9
“Our house was in turmoil from the time he got up until the time he fell asleep, probably about ten o’clock – and then I would crawl into bed, totally exhausted, and cry myself to sleep every night because I felt like such a failure,” says Guelph’s Chris Margetson, parent of a son with FAS, in a compelling new Ontario-produced video.
The 25-minute video, “Different Directions: Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” will be offered, along with an informal breakfast, when (Name of your organization) marks International FAS Awareness Day on September 9 at 8:45 a.m., at (location), and observes the worldwide “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 a.m.
“We’ll be joining parents and professionals around the world in building awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” says (name and position of spokesperson). “On this second annual FAS Awareness Day, people from Nunavut to New Zealand will participate. On the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth month, we ask the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should not drink alcohol.”
(name of your city or town) will be among many Canadian communities to use FAS Day to launch the new video, produced by Ontario’s North for the Children and Toronto’s Breaking the Cycle with the assistance of Health Canada.
The video focuses on two children with FAS and their mothers: 5-year-old Brenda, and her adoptive mother, Kim Meawasige, both of aboriginal ancestry; and young adult Joe and his birth mother Chris Margetson, of non-native background. Both Meawasige and Margetson work with FAS professionally, and bring to their work compassionate understanding of the struggle faced daily by children with FAS – and their families.
In one of the more touching moments in the video, Meawasige, adoptive mother of four children with FAS/FAE, bursts into tears. “Knowing how many kids are lost, either killed or living on the street with FAS and FAE, it scares me…One of the reasons I adopted (my children) is because I know that …no matter how weird our family is, we’re family and we’ll be there for them.”
Following the screening of the video, (what else is on your program?) All are welcome. For more information, call (contact name and number).

Suggested Media Release for U.S. (should fit on single page):

For Immediate Release
Contact:
(contact person’s name)
(contact person’s phone number)
(use actual date)
(contact person’s e-mail address)
(Name of your organization)

Fights FAS: International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day Video Premiere, Sept. 9

The 35-minute video, “FAS: Everybody’s Baby” (that focuses on teenagers who struggle with the effects of alcohol in their lives) will be offered, along with an informal breakfast, when (Name of your organization) marks International FAS Awareness Day on September 9 at 8:45 a.m., at (location), and observes the worldwide “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 a.m.
“We’ll be joining parents and professionals around the world in building awareness about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” says (name and position of spokesperson). “On this second annual FAS Awareness Day, people from Alaska to New Zealand will participate. On the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth month, we ask the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should not drink alcohol.”
(name of your city or town) will be among many U.S.communities to use FAS Day to launch the new video, produced by the U.S. Dept.of Education.
Promoting zero tolerance for alcohol, tobacco, and drugs during pregnancy, the video is particularly aimed at problem teenagers who are at risk for both unplanned pregnancy and substance abuse. The film concludes with a reflection from adolescents on what parenting is all about, how it begins in the womb, and the responsibilities of the mother and father. “It’s an excellent film for teenagers,” says Teresa Kellerman of Tucson’s FAS Community Resource Centre, “and it will make an impact on viewers of all ages.”
Following the screening of the video, (what else is on your program?) All are welcome. For more information, call (contact name and number).

#48 Days To FASDay – Host a pregnant pause


Pregnant Pause
www.fasdtrust.co.uk

The “Pregnant Pause” is those 9 months of pregnancy when you “pause” from drinking alcohol. (It is also advised by some that women trying to conceive should also consider avoiding alcohol, as the baby is most vulnerable during the early weeks.)

But, if you are pregnant, have been drinking and have come across this website and are now in state of panic:
  1. To be completely sure your baby is not exposed to any further potential harm, it is best that you do not drink any more alcohol for the remainder of your pregnancy.  Remember that the first 10 days post ovulation the foetus is generally safe as the placental maternal connection has not yet been established. The risk commences once the placental blood flow commences and the foetus is connected to the mother.
  2. Stop Worrying – stress is also harmful for your baby – and you. Please speak with your midwife or GP about any concerns you may have, or call our helpline.
  3. What to do after Baby arrives….If you have any concerns after your baby is born about any aspect of their health or development, please speak to your health visitor or GP; they are there to help, advise and support you.



Host and Plan 
a Pregnant Pause event in your community.

This is great fun and involves lots of folks for a fun media event.

In Minnesota, Pregnant Pause is a fun day with parents celebrating pregnancy. Each year the number of events has grown and includes:

  • A gift bag of wonderful welcome the new baby supplies
  • An opportunity for Dads to feel what is it like to be pregnant.
  • A non-alcoholic taste testing with a a contest for creating non-alcoholic drinks, where bartenders mix the drinks, and pregnant women judge the drinks and vote on a winner. The recipes can be shared along with a message about the importance of staying alcohol free during all 9 months of pregnancy.

Full marketing materials available
Get great gear for your event 
T-shirts, buttons, notebooks 
giftware to give away

Stand in sobriety with a pregnant friend, family member or co-worker for nine months – Friends make a huge difference in support. Everyone can participate in support, love and compassion. Get the gear to support your friend

Host a baby shower in support of a sober free pregnancy –

Host a fun event to build awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)…

Families and communities can consider pulling together a summer pot-luck BBQ of people interested in helping you this year. Mix up some non-alcoholic drinks to celebrate your future event!

Enjoy an Event from the UK – What an easy and great ideas – can be done in schools, communities around the world – Have fun and enjoy!


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