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Recognizing FASD Awareness Month!

 FASD Awareness Day is a beautiful and significant tribute to everyone involved in the FASD community as we look back onto the past and understand where we started/came from. However, it also importantly represents where we’re headed and asks us to embrace the future of FASD policy, practice, and research.

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September is FASD Awareness Month!

Across the globe, September is being recognized as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month. FASD Awareness Month is a permanent expansion of FASD Awareness Day, observed each year since 1999. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, people will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, the safest option is to abstain from alcohol. People all around the world hold events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and advocate for needed supports to help individuals and families impacted by an FASD.

 Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a medical disorder that includes birth defects, brain injury, and disabilities. “People do not realize that as many as one in 20 children in the United States has an FASD and in North Carolina, 8,628 babies are born alcohol-exposed each year.” said Lauren Borchert, Program Manager for Proof Alliance NC, the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program. More than 40 years of research has found that FASD is caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy.  Because of this, all major health groups advise that abstaining from any alcoholic drinks including beer, wine or mixed drinks is the healthiest choice for pregnant individuals and those planning a pregnancy.

 Proof Alliance NC, a program of The Arc of North Carolina, strives to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies by providing training, education, and resources to professionals who serve individuals of reproductive age. Additional information on FASD, the importance of preventing alcohol exposed pregnancies, and alcohol-free drink recipes can be found at www.proofalliancenc.org.  Proof Alliance NC is also happy to provide a training about FASD to professional organizations and members of our community free of charge. We can offer these trainings virtually or in person. We have a variety of training offerings that can be scheduled by reaching out using this training request form.

 In support of FASD Awareness month, take action today by pledging to support alcohol-free pregnancies in your community.  Complete this short form and be entered into a drawing for a gift card! 








The National Recovery Month 2023 Toolkit is Here!


“Join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as they recognize National Recovery Month! Each September, they aim to increase awareness of recovery and to celebrate the millions of people who identify as being in recovery.”

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One in Five Women Feels Mistreated During Maternity Care, C.D.C. Reports


 “One in five women in the United States said they had been mistreated while receiving maternity care, and almost one in three said they had experienced discrimination because of factors like age, weight or income, according to a survey of 2,400 mothers released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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Podcast on FASD and Neurocounseling with Dr. Jerrod Brown


This episode of FASD Hope features “is a deep dive into neurocounseling  and FASD.

Some of the topics covered in this episode include: what is neurocounseling, psycho-physiology, psycho-education, and a call to action for research about FASD & neurocounseling.”

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Study Shows Promise of Gene Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

“A form of gene therapy currently used to treat Parkinson’s disease may dramatically reduce alcohol use among chronic heavy drinkers, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and institutions across the country have found.”


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Lauren Borchert, BS
NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program

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