“With Child Without Alcohol” Website and Resources from Manitoba

Be With Child Without Alcohol

The With Child Without Alcohol website was developed by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries with the support of Healthy Child Manitoba. (Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries is part of the provincial government and responsible for the distribution and sale of alcohol, including social responsibility initiatives).

The website describes FASD as a shared responsibility with an emphasis on the idea that “It takes a village to have a healthy pregnancy.”

Be With Child Without Alcohol was developed to provide women and the villages in their lives with information about alcohol use during pregnancy to help them prevent alcohol-related disabilities like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Together we can help prevent FASD.

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The website includes information about alcohol and pregnancy, FASD, pregnancy and addiction, and where to find support.

Information on the website is available as a downloadable guide – in four languages: English, French, Cree and Ojibway.

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French booklet

English booklet

Pregnant Pause Campaign for Aussie Dads

The campaign slogan is “Man up, drinks down”

Pregnant Pause Home

Launched last week, the Pregnant Pause campaign is challenging ‘dads-to-be’ and all Australians to support someone they care about through their pregnancy by taking a break from alcohol.

By pledging to take a break for a month, three months or the entire pregnancy, Pregnant Pausers are raising money for those affected by FASD.

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On the campaign website, the importance of supporting women in having a healthy pregnancy is discussed:

“Most likely, she’s planning on giving up drinking for the duration of the pregnancy to ensure she has the healthiest baby possible. Sometimes, peer pressure adds up – half a glass of red and a bath after a hard day at work, champagne at a birthday party, it’s hard to get away from.

It’s at those times, even when we’re talking half a glass, you can help out.

Like getting fit, changing your diet or moving house, life is so much easier when you have support.

You can help your baby and your loved one by going off the grog together.”

The campaign is making use of social media like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and has soon‐to‐be parents, Olympic swimmer, Elka Graham, and her husband, Olympic water polo champion, Tom Whalan as ambassadors.

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The goal of the campaign is to have 500 Australians ‘take a pause.’ See the press release here.

The campaign is sponsored by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent charitable organisation working to prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia. FARE is one of the organizers for the first Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Conference  scheduled to take place on November 19-20, 2013 in Brisbane.

For more on this topic, see earlier posts: