In the morning plenary session of day two of the Alberta FASD Conference Dr. Peter Choate mentioned this news story….
“A Tennessee woman is the first to be charged under a new state law that specifically makes it a crime to take drugs while pregnant, calling it “assault.”
Mallory Loyola, 26, was arrested this week after both she and her newborn infant tested positive for meth, according to ABC News affiliate WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. Loyola is the first person in the state to prosecuted for the offense.
The law, which just went into effect earlier this month, allows a woman to be “prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant” if her infant is harmed or addicted to the drug. “
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The Birth Mother Perspective on FASD: An Interview with Kathy Mitchell of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – October 2014
The Birth Mother Perspective on FASD: An Interview with Kathy Mitchell of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) – October 2014
Kathleen Tavenner Mitchell, M.H.S., LCADC, is Vice President and International Spokesperson for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and a leading speaker and advocate on FASD and women and addictions. She is also the birth mother of a daughter, Karli, who was diagnosed with FAS in 1986. Karli, now an adult, has also become an active advocate on FASD and for other individuals and families impacted by these disorders. For this month’s Ask the Expert, Ms. Mitchell has been kind enough to provide her perspective on being the birth mother of a child with an FASD, and on her extensive work to increase awareness of FASD and increase and improve services for individuals with an FASD as well as for women who are dealing with addiction issues.
1. Can you give us some background on your daughter Karli: What were some of the difficulties and challenges that caused you to feel that there was a problem? How old was she when these challenges began to arise? And how difficult was the process of getting an accurate diagnosis?
Originally posted on Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy:
The With Child Without Alcohol website was developed by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries with the support of Healthy Child Manitoba. (Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is part of the provincial government and responsible for the distribution and sale of alcohol, including social responsibility initiatives).
The website describes FASD as a shared responsibility with an emphasis on the idea that “It takes a village to have a healthy pregnancy.”
Be With Child Without Alcohol was developed to provide women and the villages in their lives with information about alcohol use during pregnancy to help them prevent alcohol-related disabilities like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Together we can help prevent FASD.
The website includes information about alcohol and pregnancy, FASD, pregnancy and addiction, and where to find support.
Information on the website is available as a downloadable guide – in four languages: English, French, Cree and Ojibway.