Researcher Credited With Discovering Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Aims To Raise Awareness During FASD Month With Launch Of Free Service For Pregnant Women.
“It’s deeply concerning,” said Jones, who is president of MotherToBaby, a service of the international non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), and considered the world’s leading expert on FAS as well as other areas of birth defects research. According to Jones, the concern has become amplified as recent, misleading reports have hit the mainstream media that suggest light drinking during pregnancy is acceptable for all women. “Each woman metabolizes alcohol differently and 40 years of research overwhelmingly supports the conclusion that a ‘safe’ amount of alcohol that any individual woman can drink during pregnancy has simply not been established.”
Jones says as many as 1 in 100 babies are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure today which can result in a range of neurobehavioral disabilities, now known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The number of children diagnosed with FASD is almost as many as those diagnosed with autism.
MotherToBaby is a one-stop-shop for evidence-based free counseling available to women and the general public. All North Americans can be connected with MotherToBaby experts, like Jones, and receive individualized risk assessments regarding alcohol, medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding through the toll-free counseling service (866) 626-6847 or online at MotherToBaby.org.
Jones hopes the launch of MotherToBaby and September’s International FASD Awareness Month will influence more people to spread the word about abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy. “The most important message is that FASD is 100% preventable.”
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Nicole Chavez, 858-246-1745, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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