Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), Prenatal Substance Exposure, and Prevention Research
|FASD Awareness Day - September 9, 2015 9.09am |
| Today, September 9 is International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day! Observed annually, this day conveys a simple but critical reminder: there is no known safe level of drinking while pregnant and that women who are, who may be, or who are trying to become pregnant, should not drink alcohol. |
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed September 9, 2015 as FASDs Awareness Day
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) are 100 percent preventable.
The date of FASD Awareness Day was carefully chosen. On the 9th day of the 9th month of the year, the world remembers that a woman should abstain from drinking alcohol during the 9 months of pregnancy. Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska. Around the world, people gather for events that raise awareness about the dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with FASDs. Announcements are made in countries, states, provinces, and towns worldwide.
“I now wish to emphasize to prospective parents, healthcare practitioners, and all childbearing-aged women, especially those who are pregnant, the importance of not drinking alcohol if a woman is pregnant or considering becoming pregnant.” U.S. Surgeon General, 2005
Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix.
| FASD education for the general public in the Russian language |
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|September 9, 2015 is FASD Awareness Month! |
| NOFAS calls on its partners, FASD advocates, professionals in the healthcare, education, legal, and public health fields, and the public, to learn about the risks associated with alcohol and pregnancy and to promote the campaign. For more information, visit NOFAS website. |
| Inernational FASD Campaign |
September 9, 2015
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For more information please contact:
Tatiana Balachova, PhD
FASDs and Health Behaviors in Women Research
Department of Pediatrics