Toolkit Supports Efforts In Native Communities To Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy
A toolkit to help Native communities protect their children from the harm caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Resource Kit is designed to help mothers-to-be and their friends, relatives, health professionals, and leaders understand and prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. FASD describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.
Each year, at least 40,000 babies are born with an FASD in the United States, and Native communities have some of the highest rates. This new resource will support prevention and treatment efforts in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
The kit, which was developed and reviewed by representatives from Native communities and FASD experts, includes the following: