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Prevention, Education and Counseling


This section provides an overview of resources related to the primary prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and FASDs. It includes videos, Web resources, and patient handouts that might be helpful in discussing the risks associated with alcohol use during pregnancy, how to seek help if a woman is pregnant or trying to get pregnant and cannot stop drinking, and resources for families after suspected or known prenatal alcohol exposure.

The pediatrician can play an important role in the primary prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies by taking the opportunity to (1) advise mothers on subsequent pregnancies and (2) advise adolescents about the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Prevention: Practitioners and Prevention Education

FASD is completely preventable by abstaining from alcohol while pregnant (and while trying to conceive).  While pregnant women are accustomed to hearing varying advice on whether it is safe to drink “lightly,” it is important to note that there is no scientific evidence available that sets a “safe” amount of alcohol that will not affect the developing fetus. Women are encouraged to talk with their obstetricians, pediatricians and other health care providers so that they can not only understand the risks, but also make the best choice for the health of their baby. 

The following organizations offer a variety of educational resources for the prevention of alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs:

  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)- NOFAS is the leading voice and resource of the FASD community. Founded in 1990, NOFAS is the only international nonprofit organization committed solely to FASD primary prevention, advocacy, and support. NOFAS strives to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy through primary prevention, advocacy, and support. Find tips for health care providers on how to prevent FASDs. Circle of Hope., an international peer mentoring initiative consisting of FASD birth mothers and women who used alcohol during pregnancy
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