Supporting healthy pregnancies: We all have a role to play

cropped-letstalk3-1.jpg

To mark Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day on Sept. 9, the government is asking Albertans to help women avoid alcohol if they are trying to conceive or during pregnancy.

No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. In Canada, prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading cause of preventable brain damage and birth defects. This exposure is also one of the top three reasons for developmental delays in children. According to the Institute of Health Economics, approximately 46,000 Albertans are living with FASD.

To support those living with FASD, the Government of Alberta provides funding to 12 FASD service networks across Alberta. These networks offer the Parent-Child Assistance Program, which provides 25 communities with support for women with drug and alcohol addictions.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to live a healthy, enriched life and reach their full potential. I encourage all Albertans to support expectant mothers in having healthy pregnancies.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

The Government of Alberta has provided $16.5 million for 2016-2017 to support assessment and diagnosis, prevention and support programs for those living with FASD throughout the province.

Resources for Albertans

FASD Day awareness events are also held across the province.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s