Have A Happy And Healthy Pregnancy

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.

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WHAT DOCTORS SAY

  • “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!”

    – Dr. Melanie Glover, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

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What Is FASD?

Facts about FASDs

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?

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Abnormal facial features, such as a smooth ridge between the nose and upper lip
  • Small head size
  • Shorter-than-average height
  • Low body weight
  • Poor coordination
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Difficulty with attention
  • Poor memory
  • Difficulty in school (especially with math)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language delays
  • Intellectual disability or low IQ

Just The Facts

The statistics about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Ohio are staggering.

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    1 in 36 Ohioans living with FASD are clinically diagnosed

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    1.4 MILLION The lifetime cost to raise a child with an FASD, nearly 6x higher than average

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    2-5% of younger school-age children in the US are affected by FASD

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    95% of people with an FASD also have a mental illness

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    2 WEEKS Amount of time before a pregnancy can be detected, during which time women may drink unaware of the risk

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    50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, increasing the risk of drinking while pregnant

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    6 in 10 people with an FASD have been charged with a crime, while 35% have been jailed at one point during their lives

The good news is FASD is…

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all cases of FASD are completely preventable. If you are, or think you might be pregnant don’t drink alcohol.

Take the pledge now!

I pledge to remain alcohol free during pregnancy. Sign up with your email to our newsletter to show support and get valuable help and resources.

I pledge to:

  • Not drink alcohol while pregnant
  • Not drink alcohol while trying to become pregnant
  • Tell others about FASD

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Set Up a Speaking Event

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 info@phdmc.org or call at 937-225-5700.

Our Coalition

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:

  • Pre pregnancy awareness of substance use effects
  • Prenatal screening for alcohol use, education and support
  • Screening at birth
  • Services to children and adults
  • Services to parents

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.

OUR PARTNERS

ARE YOU A DOCTOR? GET INVOLVED!

If you are an OBGYN or Gynecologist:

If you are a general practitioner or family practice:

  • Ask patients who are planning to become pregnant to take our pledge.
  • Discuss with patients who are planning a pregnancy the risks of drinking alcohol.
  • Encourage female patients who are sexually active and of childbearing years to use contraception or to abstain from drinking.

CONTACT US

Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County- Think for Two

117 South Main St.

Dayton, Ohio 45422-1280

Phone: 937-225-5700

info@phdmc.org

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