A group of island women today raised awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) with a Pregnant Pause Flashmob outside Stornoway Town Hall.
The women ‘froze’ as statutes for nine minutes – starting at 9.09am on Monday, September 9th – representing the nine months of pregnancy and to drive home the message that alcohol and pregnancy do not mix.
FASD is the name given to permanent conditions that a person can have when they have been exposed to alcohol prenatally.
The Stornoway event, past of a national project, was organised by NHS Western Isles and the Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership. Speaking before the Flashmob, Chief Inspector Gordon MacLeod, Chair of the Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership, said: “The Pregnant Pause event is asking women to take a ‘pause’ in alcohol consumption from conception to delivery, to guarantee no alcohol-related harm to their baby.
“Children affected by FASD tend to grow less well, may have physical disabilities and display a variety of learning difficulties and behavioural problems due to damage to the brain and nervous system.
“Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is preventable,” he added. “If women do not drink alcohol during pregnancy their child will not be affected by FASD.”
To find out more about FASD, please visit www.fasdscotland.com