While there are many successful people with a FASD, there are many more who are struggling with little support and understanding from friends and family, no specific services from the government and only a handful of specialists from which to obtain advice. We see disbelief from staff that our children have problems when they present so well. We see eyes roll at neurotic mothers who come in stressed and depressed because their child's behaviour is so very challenging, and I see parents given parenting training when nothing in PET can possibly equip them for the daily torments and bizarre situations they encounter when parenting a child with a FASD.
There is no amount of alcohol that is safe for the fetus. In fact any amount of alcohol can cause changes at a cellular level. Our governments must acknowledge that FASD is a disability and it requires unending support from parents to keep children with this condition from entering the criminal justice system or living on the streets. So many people in prisons have a cognitive impairment through alcohol in pregnancy. If you are thinking of becoming pregnant, are pregnant or breastfeeding, no alcohol is safest for your baby.