Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Month recognized in Fort St. James

It was Fetal Alcohol Awareness Disorder Day at The Key in Fort St. James on Sept. 9.

  • Sep. 14, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Joan MacGillivray explains what Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder can do to children.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

It was Fetal Alcohol Awareness Disorder Day at The Key in Fort St. James on Sept. 9.

The resource centre hosted brunch by Nak’azdli Prenatal Health and all moms, aunties and grandmothers were invited.

It was a full house as community action coordinator, Joan MacGillivray from Nechako Valley Community Services in Fort St. James, presented information on the disorder that prompted good discussion with community members.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is the leading cause of developmental disabilities in Canada.

And approximately 73% of women between the ages of 18-44 consumed alcohol in the past year.

According to MacGillivray, the unplanned pregnancy rate in Canada is about 40% and 15% of women report drinking during pregnancy.

“It’s important that women learn about the lasting effects alcohol can have on unborn children,” MacGillivray said.

But MacGillivray says that it all has to start with the community as a whole.

“For all of the men here, women need your help too. This isn’t just the women’s responsibility as much as it is the community’s responsibility.”

Alcohol is a poison that can damage a baby’s growing cells causing physical, mental, and behavioural disabilities.

“Often women don’t even realise that they are pregnant and they drink” MacGillivray said.

Women don’t intend to hurt their unborn baby when drinking during pregnancy. They often drink to hide other issues like depression, abuse or isolation.”

According to MacGillivray, it’s also important to know that this isn’t something that only affects poor people.

“This is something that affects everyone especially those women with a higher socioeconomic status also.”

The pub is Fort St. James will continue to offer non-alcoholic drinks to pregnant women in support of raising awareness in the community.

And at the Key, women and men were able to enjoy an information filled brunch complete with mocktails for those pregnant to enjoy.

The Bottom line according to the Bulkley Nechako FASD Committee is that there is no safe amount or safe time to drink during pregnancy.

 

 

Just Posted

RCMP officer cleared in Prince George arrest

A suspect’s leg was fractured in 2015 incident

New cut level set for Prince George Timber Supply Area

This represents a 33% decrease from the allowable annual cut of 12.5 million cubic metres set in 2011.

Work camp west of Tchesinkut Lake

TransCanada to build work camp near Burns Lake, possibly Vanderhoof

No one should go hungry, Support your local Food Bank

When it comes to the basics, food is at the top of… Continue reading

BC Ferries restricts passengers from lower vehicle decks

The new regulations will no longer allow passengers to remain in their vehicles on closed car decks.

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

Silver Creek reacts after remains found, man arrested

Neighbours of property where remains were found say man arrested was sweet and polite

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Most Read