News Release

Fetal alcohol syndrome 'pause' May 8

Monday, April 13, 2009

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Women are being encourage to take a pause from alcohol use during pregnancy with Pregnant Pause, an informative event for pregnant women, their spouses, partners, friends and members of the community. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the St. Cloud Civic Center in downtown St. Cloud.

Admission is $5 per person, which includes refreshments, activity and informational tables, a silent auction and a chance to win door prizes, including a Bumbleridestroller valued up to $400. All attendees also will be invited to serve as judges in a non-alcoholic drink contest between local area bartenders. Proceeds will fund future events for families and individuals in Central Minnesota affected by fetal alcohol syndrome.

According to the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, resulting in significant learning and behavioral disorders in one out of every 100 children born in the United States. Furthermore, Minnesota has a very high rate of binge drinking among women in their child bearing years, according to one March of Dimes survey.

Pregnant Pause is a collaborative effort between St. Cloud State’s Department of Special Education, MOFAS, Benton County Human Services Public Health Unit, St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Clinics.

For more information, call Karrie Halbur at 320-251-7272.

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