News and Updates

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 18, 2017: Illuminate Colorado, a local NOFAS affiliate, is hosting a "Substance Exposed Newborns Summit" on November 2, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm in the Denver metro area. The summit is supported by the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Attorney General's Office, the Substance Abuse Trend and Response Task Force, and the American Academy of Pediatrics- Colorado Chapter, and is intended to gather input on the recommended best practices and practice implementation. See the PDF below for more details, and click here to register. 



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."

September 8, 2017: The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is hosting the "2017 National Conference on Alcohol and Opioid Use in Women & Girls: Advances in Prevention, Treatment and Recovery" on October 26 and 27 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, DC. Click here to register!


September 8, 2017: In recognition of FASD awareness month, the CDC is featuring the story of Frances, and adult woman living with an FASD. Her story is also available in Spanish.

August 28, 2017: NOFAS is hosting a webinar on the Neuroscience of Addiction  on September 21, 2017 at 2:00pm ET. This webinar is presented by Dr. George F. Koob, Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  The webinar will focus on the neuroscience of addiction and on elucidating a medical rationale for prevention and empathetic treatment of alcohol use disorder.  The chronic disease model of addiction has relevance for women who struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD) during pregnancy. Register here

August 24, 2017: September is FASD Awareness Month! ACOG is working with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) to raise awareness and actions related to this important issue. Join us for a Twitter Chat on September 6th at 2pm ET (see previous posts for information about other Awareness Month activities). 

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.

August 18, 2017: September is FASD Awareness Month! ACOG is working with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) to raise awareness and actions related to this important issue. View the full list of awareness activities below or visit the NOFAS website to find out how you can get involved!


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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 27, 2017: Upcoming event October 24-27, 2017 at the Westin in Calgary, Alberta, Canada: National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Conference. This important multi-disciplinary conference will focus on FASD and its impact on individuals, families, communities and society at large. The Government of Alberta will be hosting this event on behalf of the Canada Northwest FASD Partnership (CNFASDP) and the Alberta FASD Cross-Ministry Committee. Click here for more information, or here to register. 

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: Join the FASD Awareness Month "Thunderclap" Social Media Campaign!
Join NOFAS on Thunderclap as we recognize Sept. 9th as FASD Awareness Day, as well as September as National FASD Awareness Month. Sign up and link your social media account to post this message on September 9th: “Today is FASD Awareness Day! No alcohol is safe during pregnancy. #FASDMonth”. Click here for more information.

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 21, 2017: Upcoming event on September 23rd, 2017 at Liberty Station’s North Promenade in San Diego, CA: free community event and awareness walk celebrating healthy, alcohol-free pregnancy. The event is hosted by UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings in partnership with the Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Auxiliary and SoCal NOFAS. Click here for more information, or here to register.

June 21, 2017:
Upcoming FASD Matters Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 8 – 10, 2017. Click here for more information, or here to register and purchase tickets. 

June 21, 2017: Upcoming Northeast Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders at Colby College in Waterville, Maine on July 27th. Click here for more information and to register.

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.


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