FASD Prevention Project Peer Learning Community
Listen to Susan Kendig’s webinar and Peer Learning Community to get involved in the discussion of how you can approach different methods to help educate women on the harmful effects of drinking while pregnant. Bi-weekly discussion questions will be posted on the message board below for participants to share promising practices, new techniques, and receive feedback from your peers. Please feel free to also post your own questions relating to FASD prevention as well.
Does She or Doesn't She? A Women's Health Perspective on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy
Susan Kendig, JD, MSN
AWHONN, National Partner for FASD Prevention Project
Alcohol use among women of childbearing age presents many challenges to health care professionals. The medical, obstetrical, and neonatal complications associated with alcohol use during pregnancy are well established. Yet current messaging seems to be moving away from "No safe amount", to "A small amount is OK". In this presentation Susan Kendig provides an overview of alcohol dependence from a women's health perspective, with emphasis on alcohol use during pregnancy. Assessment strategies to identify women at risk for or currently using alcohol in pregnancy, and mechanisms to facilitate brief interventions and referrals are presented. Additionally, participants will consider alternate messages that encourage pregnant women to informed decisions about alcohol use in pregnancy.