Will classism and racism doom FASD prevention efforts?

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'Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Racial and Social Class Bias I Psychology Today'

Dr. Ira J. Chasnoff has an interesting piece on the Psychology Today blog called “Alcohol, Pregnancy, and Racial and Social Class Bias.” (December 9, 2014)

Dr. Chasnoff looks at current class and race dynamics in the United States and how they influence the ways women interpret risks related to alcohol consumption during pregnancy and how physicians and other health care providers focus on screening and intervening with certain groups of women only.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that white, college-educated, middle to upper class women are the most likely group to drink during pregnancy. And while research has shown that in many contexts white and African American women use alcohol and illicit drugs at exactly the same rates – physicians still select pregnant women for drug testing based on race and social class – sometimes 10 times more frequently.

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Recognizing FASD

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Alcohol and Pregnancy. No safe amount. No safe time. No safe alcohol. Period!

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Keep Calm and Reduce Stress

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Tips on how to keep calm and reduce stress!

Keep Calm and Reduce Stress

Not Every Disability is Visible

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Not all children diagnosed with FASD have the FASD face.  Don’t judge by the outside appearance. Be kind to children with FASD.

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Substance Use in Pregnancy

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Each year in Canada, it is estimated that nine babies in every 1,000 are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The birth defects and developmental disabilities that result from FASD are preventable by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy.

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The Prevention Conversation Project – Free Webcast on January 21, 2015 (Alberta FASD Learning Series)

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The Alberta FASD Learning Series helps individuals with FASD and their caregivers to learn more about FASD and how to support a person with FASD. The webcast and videoconference educational sessions cover a broad range of topics that target both urban and rural audiences.

On January 21, 2015 (9-11am), the topic in the series will be The Prevention Conversation Project. The aim of this project is to support open and non-judgemental conversations with women and their support systems about alcohol and pregnancy.

For registration information and more information about the learning series, visit the Alberta FASD website here.

Learn more about The Prevention Conversation on the Edmonton and area Fetal Alcohol Network Society website here.


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FASD and Holidays

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Let’s support pregnant women to make healthy choices for healthy babies during this holiday.  If you don’t know you are pregnant, please take a test before taking that drink!

No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy