Health Care Professionals’ Attitudes about Drinking while Pregnant
Findings from The Arc’s FASD Needs Assessment Survey
Research with health care professionals and women of childbearing age indicates that many doctors advise that light to moderate consumption of alcohol, especially later in pregnancy, is safe. However, consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), which includes a range of lifelong effects.
FASDs are entirely preventable. CDC data shows that 1 in 10 pregnant women reported alcohol use and 1 in 33 reported binge drinking in the past 30 days.
In 2014, The Arc developed an online survey to better understand health care professionals’ attitudes and knowledge about FASDs. The 460 respondents included physicians, registered nurses and midwives.
* Data analysis was performed by George Mason University.