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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Presented by: Gina Iacobucci, Camilla Najgebauer, Lauren Vera, and Shannon Dowler. Who are we?. We are raising awareness on campus about the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. We are 3 rd year Nursing Students from the University of Ottawa.

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fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Presented by:

Gina Iacobucci, Camilla Najgebauer, Lauren Vera, and Shannon Dowler

who are we
Who are we?
  • We are raising awareness on campus about the issue of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • We are 3rd year Nursing Students from the University of Ottawa
what are fasd fas
What are FASD & FAS??
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder describes a range of disabilities caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is one of the disabilities that falls under FASD. FAS is the disorder that includes the physical characteristics.
  • Both are lifelong conditions that affect the individual, the family and the community.

No one can predict which infants born to women who drink will be affected, nor can anyone predict how severe these effects will be.

physical characteristics of fas
Physical Characteristics of FAS

short opening between eye lids

flattened vertical grooves between nose and upper lip

thin upper lip

Not all individuals with FAS will have all three characteristics

behavioural mental characteristics of fasd
Behavioural & Mental Characteristics of FASD

Can include difficulties with:

  • Decision making and judgment
  • Understanding abstract concepts, such as: adding, subtracting, time management and handling money
  • Understanding consequences of their actions
  • Emotional stability
  • Keeping a job
  • Social interaction/forming friendships
  • Sleeping
fasd statistics
FASD Statistics
  • FASD affects approximately 1% of people living in Canada, that’s 300,000 people.
  • In Canada, the incidence of FASD has been estimated to be 9 in 1000 live births.
  • The cost of FASD annually to Canada of j those 1-21 yrs old is lkjflasd kjfkjlkj$344,208,000.
why should you care
Why should YOU care??

Binge drinkers (consuming 5 or more drinks in one night) are most likely to be less than 24 years and attending a post-secondary institution.

Young women between 18-24 years have the highest rate of un-intended pregnancy.



U of O students are at risk for conceiving a child with FASD

for the guys
For the Guys:
  • Biological fathers cannot cause FASD
  • However, it is known that women who are with partners who drink are more likely to themselves drink during pregnancy.
  • A role for future fathers: support the woman’s choice not to drink during her pregnancy.
  • If you are planning a pregnancy, stop drinking before you get pregnant.
  • FASD is the leading cause of preventable birth defects.
  • Don’t wait for a positive

opregnancy test!!

sandy s law
Sandy’s Law
  • As of February 1, 2005, the Liquour License Act of Ontario requires alcohol serving and brewing facilities to post signs warning women that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause FASD
  • If you work in a bar/pub, please talk to us. We have copies of the poster you can take with you!!
q what is the safe amount of alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy
Q: What is the safe amount of Alcohol that can be consumed during pregnancy?

A: There is no safe amount!!!

fasd awareness day
FASD Awareness Day!!
  • This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of every year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol.
  • The first FASDay was celebrated on 9/9/99. 
  • fasday.com

September 9th