In The News: CBC, IUD most effective birth control method, Canadian pediatricians declare

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Intrauterine contraception is easily the most effective method of contraception, the Canadian Paediatric Society says. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty)

Teen girls who are sexually active should be offered long-acting birth control such as an intrauterine device (IUD) as a first line of defence, the Canadian Paediatric Society says in a new position statement.

Pediatricians reviewed the benefits and risks of each method of birth control, which they will continue to do with patients.

“We’re saying that intrauterine contraception is easily the most effective method of contraception and so you should be talking about it,” said Dr. Giosi Di Meglio, an author of the statement and a member of the society’s adolescent health committee.

An IUD is a small, often T-shaped device placed inside the uterus by a doctor, nurse practitioner or nurse to prevent pregnancy. An intrauterine system (IUS) also has a hormone component. Both work continuously over years and can be removed…

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In The News: Township trauma: the terrible cost of drinking during pregnancy (The Guardian)

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Mentors helped Veronic Blom stop using alcohol and crystal meth when she was pregnant with her youngest son. Photograph: Kate Hodal for the Guardian

In a dusty township in South Africa’s sun-drenched wine country, Charay Afrika says only one thing helped numb her through a turbulent relationship and two pregnancies: alcohol.

She drank all day, every day, throughout her full-term pregnancies – unaware of the effect alcohol could have on her children.

Afrika was still at school when she met her first boyfriend, a man who would go on to beat her and rob her at gunpoint multiple times before she finally escaped him. “He’d beat me and lock me in the house with no food and then disappear for days,” Afrika, 28, says quietly. “I once had to drug him with sleeping pills so that I could call the neighbours and beg for help to sneak out. But he…

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8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Research, Results and Relevance

A little early to post, but the organizers of the conference are already calling for Abstracts so get yours in soon if this is of interest.

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8th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Research, Results, and Relevance

Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice Around the World


March 6-9, 2019

This advanced level conference/meeting continues to bring together global experts from multiple disciplines to share international research. From the pure science to prevention, diagnosis, and intervention across the lifespan, the conference will address the implications of this research and promote scientific/community collaboration. It provides an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relationships between knowledge and research and critical actions related to FASD. First held in 1987, the conference brings together people passionate about this work in a stimulating environment where they can learn and forge new partnerships.


  • consider the implication and potential application of emerging evidence-based, and cutting-edge research
  • expand and challenge their knowledge and understanding of hard science
  • explore different models of advanced practice from and across disciplines
  • engage in knowledge exchange and…

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New Zealand: Warning labels on alcohol containers highly deficient, new research shows

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warninglabelComparison of warning labels, from left to right: current “pea-sized” pregnancy warning labels (NZ beer can and NZ bottle), beer imported into NZ from Canada with much larger warning label (middle), mock-up of a warning label with more consumer information, and a current day NZ cigarette pack with a large pictorial warning. Credit: University of Otago

Current health warning labels on alcohol beverage containers in New Zealand are highly deficient, new research from the University of Otago, Wellington shows.

The researchers suggest that current voluntary labelling has not worked in New Zealand and mandatory standardised labelling which outlines major alcohol-related risks including pregnancy, drink-driving and cancer, are probably required.

The study found a total absence of any labels on some containers, on others there were “pea-size” pregnancy warnings, and there was a lack of detail generally about health risks, for example only 19 per cent warned about drink-driving.


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The Prevention Conversation: An online curriculum

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cropped-letstalk3-1.jpgcropped-letstalk1-121.jpgThe Prevention Conversation is an online training program for front-line health and social services professionals to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage their clients/patients in a supportive and non-judgmental conversation about alcohol use during pregnancy, its lasting effects on the developing child, and resources and supports available to women of childbearing age.

This course discusses FASD prevention by providing information about the risks of alcohol use during pregnancy as well as considerations to support women in a way that promotes healthy relationships with professionals and promotes safety and health in all facets of their lives.

By completing this training course, facilitators will:

  • Have an understanding of the FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility program; it’s history and evolution;
  • Understand the complex reasons why a woman may drink when pregnant and have the tools to support conversations with pregnant women;
  • Be able to apply and tailor the…

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FASD Community Resource Advocate

The Northwest FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)  Network is seeking a talented and passionate Community FASD Resource Advocate in the Northwest Region.  This 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.) The Resource Advocate is responsible for disseminating information regarding training and research via email lists and online programs. Based in Grande Prairie, this role offers supports throughout the Northwest region including the areas of High Prairie, Peace River and Grande Cache. 

This position is a temporary contract (June 4th – March 31st, 2019) with chance of renewal on annual basis depending on provincial funding.

For more information please see; https://jobs.cityofgp.com/en/js/viewjob.php?jobID=1489





Resource: Is there a baby in your future? Plan for it.

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You plan for school, work, holidays and even your retirement. What about your baby? Parenting begins long before your baby is conceived.

Babies begin to develop even before women know they are pregnant. This means that the time to prepare for your baby’s health is before you even get pregnant.

There are things that both men and women can do to improve the health of their future children. A baby can change your life. But are you ready?

Making decisions about pregnancy can be challenging. Whether you are alone or with a partner, this workbook will serve as a guide to one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.

Click to download full workbook: AHS-Reproductive-Life-Plan-FINAL

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