September is FASD Awareness Month
FASD Awareness Month is an expansion of FASD Awareness Day that has been held each year on September 9th since 1999. People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the challenges individuals and families can face who are living with FASDs. The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, the safest option is to abstain from alcohol. In 2016, FASD Day was expanded to make September FASD Awareness Month.
Spread the Word
- FASDs are preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink while pregnant. There is also no safe time to drink during pregnancy and no safe kind of alcohol to drink while pregnant. Tell others about the importance of not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
- Distribute free educational materials. CDC has free brochures, fact sheets, and other materials.
Resources for Medical Assistants
Resources for Behavioral Health
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASDs) Websites
- TIP 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
- A Refresher on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Tips for Avoiding Alcohol Over the Holidays
- Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices
- Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies: Are Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders More Prevalent than Previously Thought?
- Are You Taking Medicine for Opioid Use Disorder and Are Pregnant or Thinking about Having a Baby?
- Resource for Reducing Stigma and Negative Bias: Your Words Matter – Language Showing Compassion and Care for Women, Infants, Families, and Communities Impacted by Substance Use Disorder
- CASAT Conversations Podcast S3 E7: Human Dynamics in Healthcare
- Sober Mom Healthy Babies