Register for upcoming My Baby & Me Provider Trainings:
MY BABY & ME
The Issue: Alcohol Use During Pregnancy
- The CDC estimates that about 1 in 13 pregnant women reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days, 1 and SAHMSA estimates that 18% of women drank during their first trimester.2
- Drinking during pregnancy is the leading known cause of birth defects and is associated with a host of poor birth outcomes including low birth weight, prematurity, miscarriage, and stillbirth.
- The Institute of Medicine says, “Of all the substances of abuse (including cocaine, heroin, and marijuana), alcohol produces by far the most serious neurobehavioral effects in the fetus.” 3
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are 100% preventable. As a prenatal care provider, you are in a unique position to help women stop or significantly reduce their alcohol consumption during pregnancy, resulting in healthier women and healthier children.
Benefits to Healthcare Agencies and Providers
Participating My Baby & Me agencies receive the following free services:
- Onsite, individualized training on best practices in FASD prevention messaging, prenatal alcohol education, screening, and brief intervention
- Educational materials and incentive gifts for women who participate
- Additional support programs (texting and online) for women who want and need extra support
Take the First Step
Learn more about My Baby & Me and how you can incorporate this program into your work. Contact Chelsea Stover, Program Coordinator, at 608-251-1675 ext.118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2010. Preventing Major Birth Defects Associated with Maternal Risk Factors. www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/aboutus/birthdefects-bd-maternal.html.
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. 2013. Report on Pregnancy and Alcohol www.samhsa.gov/data/spotlight/spot123-pregnancy-alcohol-2013.pdf
- Stratton, K.; Howe, C.; and Battaglia, F. 1996. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press. http://books.nap.edu/html/fetal