Every mother and every fetus is different, but the developing brain is always sensitive to alcohol. The message is simple and important: No alcohol is safest during pregnancy.

No mother wants to harm her unborn child, but abstinence from alcohol can be challenging. Many underlying factors may impel a woman to drink during her pregnancy, from misinformation and social pressures to addiction and untreated mental health issues.

FASD prevention is a complex issue that demands the attention and involvement of the wider community. Through education, awareness-building and strategic partnerships, CFAN is working to reduce the rate of FASD in our communities.

The Prevention Conversation

CFAN is a partner in Let’s Talk: The Prevention Conversation, a province-wide project to inspire health and social service providers to engage with clients in brief, non-judgmental conversations about alcohol and pregnancy. We have a range of resources, speakers, education and training opportunities available.

Click here to book a Prevention Conversation presentation.

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For more prevention information: www.preventionconversation.org

Prevention Conversation Fact Sheets

REFERENCES
  1. Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey. (2010).
  2. Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. (2010). Alcohol use and pregnancy consensus clinical guidelines.
  3. Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. (2004). Windows of opportunity: A statistical profile of substance use among women in their childbearing years in Alberta. Executive summary.
  4. Best Start (2009). Implications for Ontario: Awareness of FASD in 2009.