TALKING ABOUT SUBSTANCE USE DURING PREGNANCY Collaborative Approaches for Health Care Providers

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project

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Asking questions about the type, frequency, and amount of substance use is often a routine part of prenatal care for physicians, midwives, nurses, pregnancy outreach workers and other prenatal care providers. Here are some ideas for open, supportive, and effective conversations with women.

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We are hiring at the Network!

hiringThe Northwest FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) PEACE Society in Grande Prairie is seeking a highly motivated Community FASD Resource Advocate in the Northwest Region. This role works closely with the Northwest Peace FASD Diagnostic team and the clients and families involved in the diagnostic process, connecting families to supports within their specific communities. This dynamic position will play a crucial role in providing information, referrals and access to services for clients who have been diagnosed or are suspected of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD.) Based in Grande Prairie, this role offers supports throughout the Northwest region including the areas of High Prairie, Peace River and Grande Cache. Occasional planned travel to neighbouring communities with team members is required. This position provides leadership, advocacy, guidance and support to FASD mentors in the North West region.

FASD Community Resource Advocate



NW Peace FASD Society- Address Change

Exciting News

The Northwest Peace FASD Network is in transition and is moving as of October 1st, 2018 to a new location. North West Peace Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network is a community-based partnership that supports organizations, which serve people affected by FASD and their caregivers. The NW Peace FASD Network is funded provincially and the City of Grande Prairie has acted as a Banking administrator to the Network. This successful partnership has been in place for over eight years. Now, in anticipation of new growth for the FASD Network this Program is becoming a society.


In becoming a society, the Network will take on its own legal entity.  The FASD team will continue to contract out services to agencies and maintain staff within the same roles. As a society, governed by a Leadership Board this program will be housed in a new location.


The FASD team would like to thank the City of Grande Prairie for its continuing support. Our new location will be within the Junction Point properties near the Royal Bank.


Our new address is :

Northwest Peace FASD Society

#204 9805-97 Street


We appreciate your patience during this transition.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day: Minister Sabir

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project


To recognize International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day, Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir issued the following statement:

“Every child deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life and reach their full potential. We all play a role in supporting expectant mothers to have healthy, alcohol-free pregnancies. Our government is dedicated to ensuring people who live every day with the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol have the supports they need and are fully included in communities, at school and in the workforce.

“We are dedicated in our efforts to raise awareness and educate Albertans on how to prevent FASD. And we want individuals affected by FASD to feel they can reach out for help without fear of shame or stigma. Across the province, there are 12 FASD service networks that offer diagnosis, assessment, prevention and support for those impacted by FASD.

“We remain committed to providing…

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Girls, Women, Alcohol, and Pregnancy: “FASD Awareness” – what does that mean?

The FASD Prevention Conversation Project


September 9th will mark almost two decades since the first FASD Awareness Day. Communities and organizations around the world are planning events and media campaigns to raise awareness. But what does “FASD awareness” actually mean? The answer is that FASD awareness is multi-layered.

It means AWARENESS that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure and has a range of effects that are lifelong and varied.

It means AWARENESS that for women, alcohol consumption has particular risks.

It means AWARENESS that there is no known safe amount of alcohol consumption or safe time to drink during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Without knowing how much or how little…

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CTV News: Marijuana found in breast milk up to six days after use

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Breast milkDonated breast milk is shown in a New England facility in this 2012 file photo. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Published Monday, August 27, 2018 7:10AM EDT

THC, the  main ingredient in marijuana responsible for a user’s “high”, can remain in breast milk for up to six days after use, new research has found — suggesting cause for concern for mothers who smoke pot while breastfeeding.

Although several organizations, including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, advise against using marijuana during pregnancy or breastfeeding, many mothers do not believe the drug is dangerous and choose to use it anyway during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine tested the breast milk of 50 women who used marijuana either daily, weekly or sporadically. (Smoking or vaping marijuana was the main way the mothers used the drug.)

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