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Western Health Recognizes FASD Day

Sep 6, 2013

September 9 is designated as International FASD Day to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and the impacts of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. FASD describes the problems that can result from alcohol use during pregnancy.

Each year, the ninth day of the ninth month, is a reminder that women should not drink alcohol in the nine months of pregnancy or while planning to conceive.  Residents in the Western region are invited to share in a “Minute of Reflection” at 9:09 am on September 9 to recognize FASD Day.

Western Health reminds pregnant women that drinking alcohol during pregnancy puts the baby at risk of FASD and that no amount of alcohol is considered safe during any stage of pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy puts babies at risk of having brain damage, vision and hearing problems, slow growth and other birth defects. People with FASD are also at high risk of other disabilities such as mental health issues, disrupted schooling and addictions.

Even if you drank alcohol it is important to know that it is never too late to stop drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Quitting now and looking after your own health are the best ways to reduce the risk of harm to your baby. If you need help, contact:

Mental Health & Addiction Services
Corner Brook, 634-4506/4171
Stephenville, 643-8740       
Port aux Basques, 695-6250       
Burgeo, 886-1550       
Deer Lake, 635-7830
Norris Point, 458-2381
Port Saunders, 861-9125

For more information about FASD you may contact your local Western Regional FASD committee at fasdwestern@gmail.com, visit Western Health's website  or  www.fasdnl.ca, call toll free at 1-855-579-9073 or email contact@fasdnl.ca.


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Media Contact:
Heidi Staeben-Simmons
Director of Communications
Western Health
heidistaebensimmons@westernhealth.nl.ca