The time before a baby’s birth is crucial for later health. If a mother drinks alcohol while pregnant, that can put the baby’s health in danger. Alcoholics and moderate drinkers run the risk of harming their babies every time they think about taking a drink, or going out on a binge, while they’re pregnant. Native Americans have some of the highest rates of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s a condition that potentially causes a wide range of problems. Children with FAS have mild to severe mental, physical, behavioral and learning problems. It’s 100 percent preventable, yet it’s still happening. Is this an issue in your community? Is it something people can talk openly about, along with possible solutions? Join us as we discuss what can be done to curb this health concern in our Native communities.
Myles Himmelreich (Big Stone Cree Nation in Alberta) – FASD consultant and motivational speaker
Krissy Broncho (Shoshone-Bannock) – FASD Team coordinator with the Counseling and Family Services of Shoshone-Bannock
Emily Travis (Cherokee) – FASD advocate