News and Updates

October 31, 2017: A recent article in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, "Moderate Maternal Alcohol Exposure on Gestational Day 12 Impacts Anxiety-Like Behavior in Offspring," provides evidence that even moderate drinking during pregnancy has lasting impacts. This study uses an animal model and further research is necessary to apply these results to humans, but it provides further support for the ACOG and CDC policy that there is no safe amount of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The full article is available in PDF form here.  

October 18, 2017:  NOFAS recently hosted a webinar presented by Dr. George F. Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The webinar focused on the neuroscience of addiction and on elucidating a medical rationale for prevention and empathetic treatment of alcohol use disorder. Access the recording here

October 12, 2017:  Aloha Community, the nation's first housing program exclusively for young adults with FASDs, has opened in Platteville, WI, and is currently accepting applications for residents. In addition to housing, the program provides support and resources specifically designed to help individuals with FASDs thrive. In addition, it is run by an experienced social worker, program director Jamie Klien, MSW. Visit the FASD Communities website, or view their flyer for more information. 

October 10, 2017: Michigan Radio, an NPR local station, recently broadcast a radio conversation with Ann Carrellas, Michigan FASD Taskforce member, and Juline Lloyd, a nurse and adoptive mother to a son with FASD. They discuss the prevalence of FASDs, the lifelong effects, and more. You can learn more or listen to the full story here

October 5, 2017: A recent article in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, "Epidemiology and Effects of Substance Use in Pregnancy," describes trends and outcomes of different types of substance use during pregnancy, including information comparing the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit substance use on pregnancy outcomes. The full article is available in PDF form here.

September 25, 2017: NASW News, the flagship publication of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), has published an article in recognition of September as FASD Awareness Month, entitled "Experts: No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy." The article includes tips on what social workers can do to prevent FASDs.

September 19, 2017: In observance of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month, MotherToBaby has published a Baby Blog on the effects of various teratogens during pregnancy. The blog, "We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! What Have Four Decades Taught Us about Alcohol and Drugs in Pregnancy?" is available in both English and Spanish. This is a useful resource that summarizes current knowledge of the teratogenic effects of prescription opioids, cocaine, e-cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol, and it will be permanently hosted on the provider resources page of this website.  


September 14, 2017: ACOG FASD Prevention Champion Dr. David Garry was recently interviewed by NPR for their piece "Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No."


August 18, 2017: The CDC has developed a Guide for Measuring Alcohol Outlet Density to help public health practitioners measure alcohol outlet density (the number and concentration of retail alcohol outlets in a defined geographic area) at the state and local levels. This guide discusses the importance of measuring alcohol outlet density, a key risk factor for excessive drinking, and different approaches for doing so, along with their strengths and limitations. To view the guide, and to find additional tools related to the prevention of excessive drinking,click here.

August 18, 2017: A recent article in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention: A Potential Role in Cancer Prevention for Young Adults," describes cancer prevention as another possible benefit of utilizing the alcohol SBI method that ACOG and the CDC support for FASD prevention. The full article is available in PDF form here.

July 11, 2017: An article about the role FASD plays in increasing likelihood of addiction issues was released by The Journal of Neuroscience. The abstract for the article, "Prenatal Ethanol Exposure Persistently Alters Endocannabinoid Signaling and Endocannabinoid-Mediated Excitatory Synaptic Plasticity in Ventral Tegmental Area Dopamine Neurons," is available in PDF form here.

July 11, 2017: A recent article in Cerebral Cortex, "Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Neocortical Development: A Transgenerational Model of FASD," describes the results of an animal study on potential transgenerational impacts of alcohol exposed pregnancies. The abstract for the article is available in PDF form here.

June 30, 2017: An article about the role of ob-gyns in screening and brief intervention for FASD has been approved for Maintenance of Certification Part II (MOC II) credit, and was among the articles released by ABOG on their May 2017 list. The article, "The role of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in the perinatal period," is available in PDF form here. You can also access the list of MOC II articles here.

June 21, 2017: free webinar for medical assistants, "Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: The Medical Assistant’s Role," was held Tuesday, June 27. Watch the recording.

June 21, 2017: The CDC has released current state-level data on women's alcohol use. Click here.

June 21, 2017: MotherToBaby is offering free expert counseling on medication use during pregnancy via phone, text, or live chat; Spanish speaking counselors are available. Click here

June 19, 2017: A recent article in JAMA Pediatrics, Association Between Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Craniofacial Shape of Children at 12 Months of Age, discusses new findings that even low levels of prenatal alcohol exposure can impact craniofacial development in measurable ways.

February 2, 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data regarding alcohol use among women who plan to become pregnant or who are at risk for unintended pregnancy. The article was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and accompanied by fact sheets and patient materials on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.


American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC  20024-2188 | Mailing Address: PO Box 70620, Washington, DC 20024-9998