Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FASD - An uncomfortable discussion topic, cloaked with stigma and judgement. But how much do you really know about it? Or the significance of alcohol in pregnancy for that matter... At Project 6 we strive for a broad-spectrum approach to any issue; aiming to educate, support and plan for positive outcomes - whatever the circumstance. We do this consistent with our organisational values; in a friendly and non-judgemental way. Over the next few posts, we'll share some factual information to raise awareness of the condition, and demonstrate how Project 6 can help you and your family.
Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is a condition where a baby is born with mental and/or physical problems, associated with the use of alcohol in pregnancy. Alcohol present in the Mother's bloodstream passes through the placenta to the unborn child - whose tolerance is minimal compared to an adult's. This can disrupt development of cells, causing damage to the brain, spinal chord or other areas of the body... The higher the consumption of alcohol, the greater the risk - in fact, it's widely acknowledged that there is no 'safe' limit to drink during pregnancy. Having said that, stopping at any stage helps to reduce the risk of baby developing these problems.
If you're currently pregnant (or even trying to conceive), struggling with your use of alcohol and want support to manage this, Project 6 forms part of the Multi-agency Antenatal Service, operating in Keighley, that offers specialist advice alongside Midwifery care.
For further information on this service, call us on 01535 610180, or for more detailed information on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome access NHS guidance via the following link:
If you've managed to read our previous posts on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, perhaps now you have an understanding of how it's recognised... but what benefit does this knowledge bring? How can it help?