Do You Want to Help Prevent FASD? Don’t Know Where to Start?
FASD ONE is excited to offer you a package to help you start conversations about alcohol and birth control use with all women and men of childbearing age.
This evidence-based resource will help you to begin conversations with women and men of childbearing age regarding alcohol and birth control use. The below information can be used with both men and women to proactively prevent FASD before a pregnancy occurs. Starting conversations about alcohol and birth control use is a unique opportunity to help reduce stigma and prevent FASD.
This project, also known as the Condom Project, was developed for the Community Action Programs for Children and the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Programs in Ontario. It contains, posters, condoms and tear off sheets to give to women and men regarding the need to be on reliable birth control if any alcohol is being consumed.
Before using the resources we encourage you to review the webinar at the following link: Webinar – Preventing FASD, The Condom Project.
We welcome anyone to use these resources as long as FASD ONE is acknowledged. See the posters and tear offs below. If you would like more information about them please contact us by email.
FASD ONE is grateful to the Public Health Agency of Canada who provided funding for this project. However, the views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency.
Resources to Prevent FASD – Condom Project
For service provider resources on alcohol during pregnancy
Best Start by Health Nexus
For general information on alcohol during pregnancy
Alcohol Free Pregnancy
Ontario Government is seeking input on Ontario’s Proposed Alcohol Strategy
If you have thoughts on this issue you are welcome to share them at AlcoholPolicyConsultations@Ontario.ca
Recommendations About Alcohol and Pregnancy
The safest choice in pregnancy is not to drink.
Public Health Agency of Canada
There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Alcohol Use and Pregnancy Consensus Clinical Guidelines
If you are trying to get pregnant, you are pregnant or you suspect you might be pregnant avoid alcohol.
Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects and brain damage to your baby. The safest choice in pregnancy is no alcohol at all. In fact, it is best to stop drinking before you get pregnant.
Best Start, Ontario’s Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
It is safest not to drink alcohol during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant. There is no known safe level of drinking during pregnancy.
Canada FASD Research Network (CanFASD)
Making The Case for Prevention
- FASD is the leading preventable cause of developmental disability in Canada
- Prevention of FASD is a great return on investment
- FASD affects 1% of the Canadian population
- Many experts feel that the prevalence of FASD is much higher due to a lack of awareness about FASD in the medical community and a shortage of diagnostic services
- Estimated annual cost to support those with FASD in Canada is 5.3-7.6 billion dollars/year (birth to age 53) (Public Health Agency of Canada and CanFASD)
- The treatment and support for those affected by FASD is expensive and the disorder lasts a lifetime creating lifelong challenges for the individual and their support networks
- 800,000 – 1.4 million dollars/individual is the estimated cost to support those affected with FASD over a life time1
- If we prevent just one case of FASD we will save $800,000 to 1.4 million dollars
- Youth with FASD are 19X more likely to be incarcerated than non-affected peers2
- If we spend $150,000 on the prevention of FASD we would save 1.5 million dollars in prevention1
- It is important to develop strategies that are evidence informed to use our resources wisely
Time to Get Serious About FASD Prevention – Dr. Sterling Clarren