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This part will help you understand:

  • the ways an unborn baby can be harmed when alcohol and other drugs cross the placenta
  • foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
  • the needs of babies born with FASD and NAS and how to support their parents
  • the shame, stigma and barriers to services for women and how you can alleviate them
  • how to talk to women about substance use and support needs
  • how you can be useful to women and reduce risk during the prenatal period
  • the support, information and education a woman may need about alcohol and other drugs use and about breastfeeding and safe-sleeping practices
  • how to help men connect with their role as a father and support their partner
  • what to consider for a baby to safely go home from hospital.

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