How Can We Best Reach Moms at Risk for FASD?

What can we do to reach women at risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy?

Annika Montag, PhD, a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings, published a paper on this topic in the International Journal of Women’s Health. According to Dr. Montag, “This review explores the pros and cons of three common approaches used to identify women at risk for having a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). We found that a combination of two approaches was most effective to reach at-risk women: a self-assessment to obtain a report from the woman about her alcohol consumption plus biomarker screenings to pinpoint genetic predisposition to alcohol’s harmful effects.”

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