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October 27, 2008


Danielle D.

The statistics of the number of women who drink while pregnant in sickening. It is sad that this is so prevalent that scientist now have to come up with a vitamin to help reduce the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. It is truly unfortunate and selfish of the parents to continue to drink while pregnant, and that their child has to be punished. I think that it is wonderful for the scientists who have discovered that this vitamin can reduce some of the effects, such as hyperactivity and learning deficits. However, I fear that this will serve as a sort of comfort to parents, and that they will feel that they can drink if they want and the "magic vitamin" will cure their baby. I think emphasis needs to be put on this vitamin that it DOES NOT FIX EVERYTHING and that it is the responsibility of the parent to prevent FAS.



Just a reminder--alcoholism is a disease, an addiction. The choices that an alcoholic makes only make sense within the context of their disease. I have two adopted children born to addicted birth moms. It wasn't selfishness that made them inadequate nurturers of fetuses or unable to parent. It was the fact that they were in the grips of a disease that is primary, chronic, progressive and fatal.

Likewise, my father, a physician, was an alcoholic, and knew all too well that his diseased liver was well beyond the point of no return--but he couldn't confront the demons that told him daily that he needed to drink. Sad but true. I don't think the vitamin cure will have an impact one way or the other with regard to the prevention of pre-natal drinking.


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I do think the 50% of women drinking while pregnant is misleading. Does that include women who drank some alcohol in those early weeks before they had a hint they were pregnant? Not to mention, some OB-GYNS tell their patients that it is fine to drink 4 ounces of wine a day. I don't personally agree to it but saying "50%" obviously encompasses all of that and paints a much more grim picture than is likely reality. I do wish doctors would not encourage drinking any alcohol during pregnancy, though. Many women would abstain completely if they weren't told that.

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