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Mothers of children with FASD have high rate of inadequate prenatal care: U of M study

More than 40 per cent of Manitoba women who gave birth to a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) received inadequate or no prenatal care, a University of Manitoba study has found.

The study of health data looked at 700 Manitoba births over a 28-year period, from 1984 to 2012. It is one of the first studies in the world, and the largest, to investigate the rate of prenatal care among mothers of children diagnosed with FASD.

“Our findings show that these women are not receiving an important health-care service that is critical to monitoring their health and that of their baby, and could help to reduce their alcohol consumption during pregnancy,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Deepa Singal, a postdoctoral fellow at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

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