Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is an umbrella term that describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank during pregnancy.

FASD FeedbackMaternal alcohol use is a preventable cause of birth defects. Children exposed to alcohol in utero are at risk for growth deficiencies, facial deformities, central nervous impairment, behavioral disorders, and impaired intellectual development. ACOG District II is committed to educating the public of the risks and consequences of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, while offering obstetric providers the proper training and education necessary to improve practice and prevent FASD. 

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Task Force led by David Garry, DO, FACOG of Jacobi Medical Center, has developed a patient friendly, FASD prevention toolkit, which has been distributed to District II members and obstetric providers throughout New York State.

New CDC Materials Available – Preventing Alcohol Use During Pregnancy & FASDs

New, free materials are available to help you promote alcohol-free pregnancies to women in your communities! CDC has developed resources for women of childbearing age on preventing alcohol use during pregnancy and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) based on formative research findings. The materials target women who are pregnant and women who are trying to get pregnant. The set of materials include print products (a brochure and three posters) that are available to order and downloadable. Several social media tools, such as banners, badges, and e-cards are also available.

FREE FASD 3-part Webinar series

FREE 3-part Webinar series on FASD being offered by SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence and MOFAS. Click here for more information on this 3-part FASD Webinar and to register.

Think Dont Drink


FASD prevention handbook  Pregnant? Think! Don't Drink!


FASD Poster - A poster addressing FASD has been distributed to women’s health care providers and other various groups across New York State. The poster is available in four languages: English, Russian, Chinese and Haitian Creole. Click here to see the English version. Copies of the FASD poster are available by contacting District II,

Think Dont Drink
A Patient Education Video
If You Are Pregnant: Think! Don't Drink! (4:23)


PSA - If You're Pregnant - Think, Don't Drink!

Elacqua VideoIf You Are Pregnant: Think! Don't Drink!
WTEN-TV reporter Elisa Streeter interviews Ob/Gyn Mary Elacqua, MD, FACOG who urges women not to drink while pregnant. (3:17).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Feature - Drinking While Pregnant Still a Problem
Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause birth defects and developmental disabilities. Women who are pregnant or might get pregnant should abstain from using alcohol.
Podcast - Alcohol and Pregnancy Don't Mix  (2:32)
Discusses the dangers of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.
Created: 5/18/2009 by National Center for Health Marketing.
Series Name: Ask CDC.
CDC FASD Website

ACOG District II Resources

District II Press Release: "Pregnant Pause" FASD Awareness Day
District II Press Release: FASD
Healthy Woman's Column - Pregnant? Think: Don't Drink!

Additional FASD Resources

ACOG News Release: Well Woman and Prenatal Visits Should Include Alcohol Abuse Screening (July 2011)
March 2011 Update, SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence
Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy, Obstetrics & Gynecology (Feb. 2011)
FASD Toolkit
NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services FASD Website
Panel Reminds Doctors to Screen for Alcohol Misuse, New York Times (Sept. 2012)

This educational initiative was made possible by a grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities planning Council.


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