Annual Pregnant Pause event promotes healthy babies

Sept. 9, 2009

Each year, nearly 40,000 babies are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder – a disorder related to alcohol use during pregnancy. In an effort to promote healthy pregnancies and create awareness against alcohol use during pregnancy, Flagstaff Medical Center’s Women and Infants’ Center, the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – Northern Arizona Chapter, and local restaurants and bars are teaming up for the 2nd annual Flagstaff Pregnant Pause.

Pregnant Pause is a fun event for pregnant women, their partners, family, friends and other community members. This event includes a non-alcoholic drink competition between local area bartenders. The drinks will be sampled and judged by attendees. Additionally, there will be an education session on FASD, door prizes, information on prenatal and breastfeeding care, infant and child safety, and community resources to help expecting and new parents and more.

This year’s Pregnant Pause event will be from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at Flagstaff Medical Center, 1200 N. Beaver St. There will be an educational talk from noon to 2 p.m. in FMC’s McGee Auditorium, followed by a celebration and activities for the entire family in FMC’s Dining Room.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International FASD Awareness Day. Each year since Sept. 9, 1999 proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world. This day was chosen so that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from alcohol. Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska. People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight of individuals and families who struggle with FASD.

For more information on Flagstaff’s Pregnant Pause, contact Kathy Greenberg, Childbirth Education, at 928 773-2309.