Raising awareness for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Wear red shoes on Monday September 9 and raise awareness for FASD.

Representing the length of a pregnancy, the 9th day of the 9th month is (now acknowledge) recognised as International FASD Awareness Day.

The term Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is used to describes the lifelong physical and neuro-developmental impairments that arise from alcohol exposure to an unborn child.

FASD often occurs when parents are unaware of the dangers of consuming alcohol when pregnant or when planning a pregnancy.

It is important for new parents to understand alcohol can cause damage to an unborn child at any time during pregnancy, even before it has been confirmed.

The level of harm is dependent on the amount and the frequency of alcohol use but can be dependent on other factors such as intergenerational alcohol use, nutrition, smoking and stress levels.

This year we are encouraging staff, patients and families to wear Red Shoes on September 9 and support the #RedShoesRock campaign.

Wear red shoes or socks this coming Monday and stand out, be noticed and start a conversation about FASD.

More information and advice on FASD can be found on our website.