What is FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder?
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is the term used for the range of problems that can occur in a baby when a mother drinks alcohol during her pregnancy.
- In a survey of Grey Bruce residents, 25% of respondents felt that it was safe for pregnant women to consume alcohol during pregnancy (RRFSS, 2003), suggesting a permissive social environment around drinking and pregnancy in Grey Bruce1
- Another local study revealed that 4 babies in every 100 born in Grey Bruce were significantly exposed to alcohol while in the womb (Gareri et al., 2008).1
¹Barclay, M. (2012). Reducing Alcohol Related Harm: Moving Toward a Culture of Moderation in Grey Bruce. A Call for Action. Grey Bruce Health Unit: Owen Sound, Ontario.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, it is safest not to drink any alcohol because no amount of alcohol has been proven safe.
Follow these links for helpful information:
- Thinking Differently - a collection of valuable information related to resources available to individuals with FA/ND and their families. Developed by the Grey Bruce FASD Leadership Team.
- Contact the Motherisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children for information on alcohol and drug use during pregnancy 1-877-FAS-INFO (1-877-327-4636) or www.motherisk.org
- For diagnosis of adults with FASD call St. Michael’s Hospital 1-416-360-4000
- Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program is a home visiting program for families with children newborn to age 6 which provides parenting information, skill building and support. Call 1-800-263-3456 or 519-376-9420
- Your physician, nurse practitioner or midwife
- New Directions is a confidential service for help with alcohol and drug problems 519-371-1232 or 1-800-265-3133
- Grey Bruce FASD Leadership Team - This is a Community partnership of parents, community members, social service, justice and health agencies that plan local activities including training events to support individuals and families living or working with FASD and to increase community awareness of FASD and FASD prevention.