Why Are We Doing This?
WE NEED TO DO MORE THAN SIMPLY TELL WOMEN NOT TO DRINK ALCOHOL. WE NEED TO BE HERE FOR THEM.
Although most women know that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can harm their developing baby, some women continue to engage in drinking while pregnant. While there are many reasons why expectant mothers may engage in drinking while pregnant, no women drink to intentionally harm their baby. When they drink, it’s for other reasons – a lack of personal or social supports, addiction or any of the other stressors that come with the new responsibility of motherhood.
Women who are most at risk of having a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD) often describe drinking as a way to cope. They need support from friends, family, the larger community, health care providers and others to address many health, social, financial and relational concerns.
“Here for Her” aims to expand Canadians’ understanding of FASD and to encourage Canadians to offer support to the expectant mothers in their lives. Pregnant women need to know that the rest of us are there to support them through this journey – that we all embrace our role in dealing with this challenge.