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There are many healthy choices you can make during pregnancy. One of the most important is not to drink. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of life long physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. Keep scrolling to learn more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and then take the pledge to end FASD.Find Out More Take The Pledge
“Alcohol use in pregnancy is the #1 cause of preventable birth defects. If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, there is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink. When you drink, your baby drinks. For your unborn baby’s health remember: Not a single drop!”
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects can include physical problems and problems with behavior and learning.
FASDs last a lifetime. There is no cure for FASDs, but research shows that early intervention treatment services can improve a child’s development. FASDs are completely preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy—so why take the risk?
1 in 36 Ohioans living with FASD are clinically diagnosed
1.4 MILLION The lifetime cost to raise a child with an FASD, nearly 6x higher than average
2-5% of younger school-age children in the US are affected by FASD
95% of people with an FASD also have a mental illness
2 WEEKS Amount of time before a pregnancy can be detected, during which time women may drink unaware of the risk
50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, increasing the risk of drinking while pregnant
6 in 10 people with an FASD have been charged with a crime, while 35% have been jailed at one point during their lives
all cases of FASD are completely preventable. If you are, or think you might be pregnant don’t drink alcohol.
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Interested in learning more about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders? Please contact Lori Clark to inquire about our speakers bureau. We have a diverse group of speakers available who can provide a general overview about FASD or tailor it to your individual needs.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 937-225-5700.
In 2007, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Task Force was created and transitioned into a coalition in August 2014. The strategic plan for the FASD Coalition was developed based on the Five Points of Intervention Model addressing:
The mission of this coalition is to promote an environment that seeks to prevent alcohol exposed pregnancies and promote effective practices, services and policies.
Our goal is to to reduce the number of infants exposed by educating health care professionals and the community at large regarding the harmful effects of drinking alcohol while pregnant; and to ensure that there are resources and services in the community to assist families affected by this problem.
Our coalition is a diverse group of volunteer community representatives who are passionate and committed to making a difference.