FASD is a leading cause of developmental disability in Canada, and while the conversation around alcohol and pregnancy is so important, prevention remains a significant challenge. Prevention goes beyond informing pregnant women of the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy, but also includes preventing adverse outcomes in individuals diagnosed with FASD, and informing the community how best to support women have a healthy pregnancy.
This week on the CanFASD Connect blog, we will be hosting a ‘Prevention Series’, where we will be sharing posts daily, on the topic of Prevention, including article summaries and guest blogs.
CanFASD researchers focus on the areas of prevention, intervention and diagnostics. On the CanFASD website you can find ‘The Prevention Conversation’, which is an online training program for front-line health and social services professionals to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage their clients/patients in a supportive and non-judgmental conversation about alcohol use during pregnancy, its lasting effects on the developing child, and resources and supports available to women of childbearing age.
Stay tuned for some excellent perspectives on Prevention this week!