September 9: International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness DayAlcohol use during pregnancy can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Alcohol use during pregnancy can also cause miscarriage, stillbirth, prematurity, and sudden infant death syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy. There is also no safe time and no safe type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

Each year, the ninth day of the ninth month (September 9) marks FASD Awareness Day. This day was chosen to commemorate the nine months of pregnancy and to serve as a reminder that the best advice is to avoid any alcohol use during pregnancy. The first awareness day was recognized on 9/9/1999.

NCBDDD grantees and partners have collaborated to develop a 2015 FASD Awareness Day Packet to help organizations plan awareness activities. The contents (sample news release, proclamation, and social media messages) have been designed to be used for different target audiences, and can be printed, delivered electronically, or added to websites for distribution. This packet was developed through a collaboration between several organizations that work to educate and train providers as well as promote the health and treatment of women and children.

FASDs are completely preventable if a woman does not drink alcohol during pregnancy. Why take the risk? More information about alcohol use during pregnancy and FASDs is available at http://www.cdc.gov/fasd.

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