Organised by the Maternal Fetal and Infant Research Centre within the Institute of Nursing and Health Research, this international event will focus on alcohol consumption during pregnancy and the potential harm to both mothers and their babies.
It is important to focus on the large number of women of child bearing age who are drinking and what happens not only to the mother but also the baby. Every mother wants a healthy baby, but the evidence is clear that a high number of pregnancies are unplanned and many women are unaware of the risks of drinking alcohol in pregnancy.
It has been the norm in previous years to organise this event on 9 September to mark International ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day’. This year the event has been organised to draw much needed attention to the broader implications of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
This is the sixth year in a series of ‘Healthy Pregnancy’ seminars that have been organised by the Maternal Fetal and Infant Research Centre within the Institute of Nursing and Health Research at Ulster University. Alcohol and pregnancy has always featured as one of the seminars within the series that have been co-hosted during that time period by the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.