If pregnant women will not stop drinking, a broad-spectrum nutritional support may be an appropriate alternative.
Christensen, Damaris (2000). Sobering Work - Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Science News: Science Service, Inc. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_mOISW/us_2001_Nov/ai_79757209?tag=content;col1
The author says that no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy has been established in lieu of avoidance. Many pregnant women who drink heavily want to know how much they drink without harming their fetuses because they do not want to give the habit up. Some researchers say that even low doses of alcohol can bring harm. Animal studies may not be applicable to human subjects as species differ in developmental patterns. The general idea is that the safe drink for pregnant women is one without alcohol.
Rheinstein, Peter H. (1992). Healthy People 2000. American Family Physician: the American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3225/is_n6_v46/ai_13358040?tag=content;col1
The overall aim of this program is to significantly improve the health of all Americans by the year 2000. It intends to achieve this goal by reducing preventable deaths and disability, to enhance quality of life and increase lifespan. The Healthy People 2000 engages the participation of professionals, private organization and public agencies. It aims at promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing disease. The goals set are th enhance the quality of life. The American Academy of Family Physicians is one of the almost 300 member-organizations in its national consortium. Its priorities are health promotion, health protection, preventive services and surveillance and data systems. Alcohol and other drugs are the sixth in the list of its health promotion priorities. And maternal and infant health is the first priority under preventive services. Fetal alcohol syndrome is a preventable disease and a top preventive service in the program.
Heading of Health Promotion Project
FAS is a leading cause of mental retardation. It afflicts.2% to 1.5% of all live births and manifests both physically and behaviorally. Previous campaigns against alcohol abuse and its consequences have not gained impressive success. Target and other at-risk women need to be better motivated in a more conducive environment.
Project Objectives to invite pregnant and other childbearing-age women in a given community to a drinking party for information of value to them and for home or garden for the festive effect.
Health professionals will speak on alcohol and what it does to the body and the unborn child; FAS and its consequences; and how drinking can be curbed
Reformed alcoholics with FAS children can share their experience.
Significance of the Project
The target pregnant alcoholics will be made to see what they are taking into their body. The video will let them see what alcohol does to their unborn child. And reformed alcoholics will motivate them to give the habit up.
The event is social in nature. It will allow the target guests to drink, have fun and feel accepted. But the health professionals, the video and the reformed alcoholics will also have the chance to open the targets' mind to the realities of alcohol abuse. The approach is non-combatant but enhancing of self-esteem in the targets.
Project Evaluation Methods
The success of the event can be observed. Because of its social nature, the targets will speak up openly about their goals and inclinations. Those who agree at least in principle to try giving up may be directly helped by the health professionals. Those who refuse or hesitate will at least divulge the cause/s for their hesitation and be helped from there.
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Bertrand, J. et al. (2001). Guidelines for identifying and referring persons with fetal alcohol syndrome. 24 pages. Morbidity and Mortality Report: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0906/is_11_54/is_11_54/ai_n5894729?tag=content,col1
Christensen D. (2000). Sobering work - fetal alcohol syndrome. 5 pages. Science News: Science Service, Inc. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_mOISW/us_2001_Nov/ai_79757209?tag=content;col1
Encyclopedia of Psychology (2001). Fetal alcohol syndrome. 2 pages. Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology: Gale Group. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_q2699/is_0004/ai_2699000467?tag=content;col1
Gaby, Alan R. (2001). Can nutritional therapy prevent fetal alcohol syndrome? 2 pages. Townsend Letter to Doctors and Patients: The Townsend Letter Group. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_mOISW/is_2001_Nov/ai_79757209?tag=content;col1
Hankin J.R. (2002). Fetal alcohol syndrome prevention research. 14 pages. Alcohol Research and Health: U.S. Government Printing Office. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_mOCXH/is_1_26/ai_90681221?tag=content;col1
Rheinstein P.H. (1992). Healthy people 2000. 5 pages. American Family Physician: the American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3225/is_n6_v46/ai_13358040?tag=content;col1
Walling, a.D. (2005). Prevention and diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome. 2 pages. American Family Physician: the American Academy of Family Physicians. Retrieved on October 27, 2008 at http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3225/is_10_73/ai_n26885596?tag=content;col1
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