The use of alcohol, tobacco and/or other drugs (ATOD) during pregnancy is the leading preventable cause of mental, physical
and psychological impairments and problems in infants and children. When a pregnant woman uses ATOD, the substances pass to the fetus through the placenta. Breastfeeding women pass the substances they are using to their infants through breast milk.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are the leading known causes of mental retardation and birth defects, and can occur when a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy. They are 100% preventable if women abstain from alcohol use while pregnant and when there is any chance they may become pregnant, and practice abstinence or use appropriate birth control if they plan to drink.

If you are pregnant, using alcohol or other drugs, and want to stop, treatment is available. Treatment centers often give preference to pregnant women, and some inpatient rehabs allow women to keep their children with them during their stay.

Call Compass Mark at (717) 299-2831 for information on treatment programs and funding.

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Links to Internet Resources

March of Dimes-  Dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, the March of Dimes offers this reference guide to ATOD and pregnancy.

Center for Addiction & Pregnancy – Part of Johns Hopkins, this center helps mothers and infants deal with the physical, emotional and social problems caused by mothers and infants deal with the physical, emotional and social problems caused by addiction.

The ARC Fetal Alcohol Page – The ARC is a national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – This website has information for the general public, as well as medical and drug & alcohol professionals.

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) – NOFAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information – The world’s largest resource for current information and materials concerning alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.