Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Despite the fact that 32 years ago researchers first recognized fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), the incidence is up to 2 out of every 1000 births. Many women are not getting the word that they should abstain from alcohol before conceiving and during pregnancy to avoid the birth defects that drinking can cause. Physicians, themselves, may not be receiving adequate instruction in the dangers of prenatal alcohol consumption.

Our library just received a directory of resources for anyone concerned with maternal substance abuse. Called The Source, it is published by the Colorado Responds to Children with Special Needs program in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Their fact sheet, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol Related Birth Defects, is a good summary of the problem as well.

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