There have been many responses to the CDC’s official recommendation in regards to alcohol and pregnancy, some in support, and some against. A voice that is needed in the conversation is that of individuals who have an FASD and parents and caregivers raising children and adults who have the disorder.
We strap kids into car seats when we drive a few miles across town and slap bike helmets on them when they are on a scooter on a flat road. We sterilize bottles and don’t feed them whole grapes or peanuts. We measure the space between slats on the crib and we cover electric sockets. We gate the stairs and we bolt bookcases to walls. We do everything we can to protect our children from harm, day after day, forever.
That instinct for survival, for the continuity of our hopes and dreams, that will to send our children into the tomorrows we will not see is a most powerful and primal – some say sacred – force. We yearn to comfort, to nurture, to cherish these little beings who come into our lives. We kiss them, hug them, soothe them, stand by them day after day.
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