FASD Hub Australia is a website that provides information about fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The website is for health professionals, parents and carers, other professionals (including for justice, education, child protection and disability services), researchers and policy makers.
It includes a service directory of FASD-informed health professionals, plus information on understanding FASD, prevention, assessment and diagnosis, management and interventions.
Alcohol and pregnancy
Drugs that cause birth defects are called 'teratogenic drugs'. One of the most well-known tetratogenic drugs is thalidomide, but many people are unaware that alcohol is a teratogenic drug too.
This means drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause brain damage and physical abnormalities to an unborn baby.
Children who have been affected by exposure to alcohol in the womb may suffer a range of adverse effects referred to as FASD which stands for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Abstaining from alcohol is the safest option if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding as alcohol consumption can harm the developing fetus and breastfeeding baby.
Mothers benefit from a supportive and non-judgemental environment to maximise the chances of having a healthy pregnancy.
Quitting or reducing alcohol consumption can take more than one attempt, even if you are very committed.
No one should feel afraid to talk to their midwife or doctor about their substance use. Women who are alcohol dependent should seek medical advice before quitting alcohol as untreated withdrawal can have adverse effects on the health of the parent and unborn baby.
For help quitting or reducing alcohol consumption, phone Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) 24/7 on: 02 9361 8000 for Sydney metropolitan areas or 1800 250 015 for rural and regional NSW.
To find our more about FASD, visit the FASD Hub Australia at: www.fasdhub.org.au