Alcohol and Pregnancy Brief Intervention Guides
Alcohol and Pregnancy Brief Intervention Guides
The resources in this section were developed to support service providers to successfully engage with women and their partners on alcohol use, pregnancy, and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). While many aspects of FASD prevention are interconnected, current evidence and practice issues have been synthesized into eight topics that allow service providers to explore issues from different perspectives and that are most relevant to their own practice.
Each topic area includes: a brief overview of recent research findings; practical strategies for addressing alcohol issues with women; online resources for further reading and for sharing with women and their supports; reflection and discussion questions; and referral information for British Columbia.
Click below for each detailed Intervention Guide or download just the 8 infographic posters together in one document.
1. Who Drinks Alcohol During Pregnancy?
2. “It Is Safest Not To Drink During Pregnancy.” What Does This Mean?
3. Alcohol, Contraception and Perception
4. Treatment and Care for Pregnant Women who use Alcohol and/or Other Drugs
5. Pregnancy, Alcohol, and Trauma-informed Practice
6. Alcohol, Pregnancy and Partner Support
7. Girls, Alcohol and Pregnancy
8. Young Women, Alcohol and Pregnancy
Gender Informed Approaches to Substance Use Resource List
This is one of 3 resource lists focusing on gender, trauma and substance use, and has been made possible by a financial contribution from Health Canada.
Women and Marijuana
Women and Prescription Opioids
Substance Use and Pregnancy Infographics
This series of eight infographics were developed to support BC service providers to successfully engage with women and their partners on alcohol use, pregnancy, and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). They have recently been reformatted for national distribution, and with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada are now available in both English and French. Note that the BC versions (featuring additional research-to-practice pages) are still available in the Key Project Reports section of this website.
Women and Tobacco
This resource was developed through the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and reviewed by experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and the Canada FASD Research Network.
Women and Alcohol
Harm Reduction and Pregnancy Information for Service Providers
This poster is designed for use by services involved in prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other substance use in pregnancy. On the front it is a poster, and on the back is information for service providers on supporting women, families and communities from a harm reduction stance. This resource was developed with the support of the Education and Training Council, Alberta FASD Cross Ministry Committee and was reviewed by members of the CanFASD Research Network with prevention expertise.
Harm Reduction and Pregnancy: Community-based Approached to Prenatal Substance Use in Western Canada
This resource was developed following a panel held at the HerWay Home Community Conference on September 29, 2014. The conference was generously supported by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
This resource provides a short introduction to harm reduction approaches during pregnancy and uses examples from programs across Canada that work with pregnant women and new mothers to illustrate harm reduction ‘in action’.
Substance Use During Pregnancy: An Overview of Key Canadian Policy and Practice Areas
Legislation, social policy and health care and child welfare practices can contribute significantly to effective care and support for women who use substances during pregnancy. This backgrounder provides a brief overview of several important areas of policy-making and discusses how policy can contribute to developing supportive health and social services to effectively address substance use during pregnancy.
Alcohol and Pregnancy Warning Signage Fact Sheet
Alcohol and Pregnancy: Warning Signage Information Kit for Local Governments in British Columbia, 2014
Prepared for the Ministry of Health by Gerald Thomas, Okanagan Research and Nancy Poole, BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This resource includes a discussion of the forms and types of messages that can be provided via FASD prevention signs, including examples of recommended messages to help prevent/reduce drinking in pregnancy and promote health among women of childbearing years.
Alcohol, Pregnancy and Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What Men Can do to Help
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the leading known cause of developmental disability. FASD is the result of exposure to alcohol in utero and is believed to affect 1% of the population. While men’s alcohol use is not a direct contributor to FASD, there are many ways that men can help to prevent FASD. Researchers and service providers who are part of the Canada FASD Research Network have some suggestions for men who want to make a difference.
Women and Alcohol: A Women’s Health Resource
This resource was written by women for women, to provide useful information about alcohol and to help women make healthy and well-informed choices about alcohol use.
Evaluation of FASD Prevention and FASD Support Programs: An Introductory Guide
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2014.
This guide is a companion resource to the www.fasd-evaluation.ca website. The website includes evaluation frameworks, methods, tools, and indicators of success to support the work of community-based FASD prevention programs for women including pregnant women and recent mothers, supportive intervention programs for adults and older youth with FASD, and FASD programs in Aboriginal communities. This guide provides an introduction to the visual maps that the website is based on, discussion questions for groups planning or undertaking evaluation, and suggestions on how to make use of the variety of resources available on-line.
Evaluation of FASD Prevention and FASD Support Programs Using Program Philosophy as a Foundation for Evaluation
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2014.
This guide is a companion resource to the fasd-evaluation.ca website. The website includes evaluation frameworks, methods, tools, and indicators of success to support the work of community-based FASD prevention programs for women who are pregnant and parenting, supportive intervention programs for adults and older youth with FASD, and FASD programs in Aboriginal communities. The guide provides an introduction to the program philosophies and theoretical frameworks discussed on the website. It also includes discussion questions for groups beginning or renewing evaluation and suggestions on how to make use of the variety of resources available on-line.
10 fundamental Components of FASD Prevention from a Women’s Health Determinants Perspective
Preventing FASD Through Providing Addictions Treatment and Related Support for First Nations and Inuit Women in Canada
This information sheet summarizes the findings of an exploratory study undertaken in 2008 by researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, with participation of treatment providers and health system planners responsible for programming serving First Nations and Inuit women from across Canada.
Tools for Facilitators of Girls’ Empowerment Groups
These info sheets have been developed by researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH), in collaboration with Girls Action Foundation. They are intended to support the work of facilitators of girls’ empowerment groups.
(In collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS))
Women and Tobacco: A Casebook
This casebook is intended for a range of audiences and can be used in a number of ways. Health and social service providers looking for ways to expand their practices or to gain a stronger understanding of women and tobacco issues will find an introduction to better and promising practices for working with women. Program planners and community organizations will find resources and ideas for addressing the impact of tobacco on girls and women in their individual contexts. Students, researchers, decision makers, and policy makers new to the field of tobacco or who are interested in learning more about applying a gender analysis to tobacco control will find a range of practical examples.
Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Women Who Use Substances: What Communities are Doing to Help
In this document, we profile the development of single-access programs in four different communities and talk about why this type of program works.
Expecting to Quit: A Best-Practices Review of Smoking Cessation Interventions for Pregnant and Postpartum Girls and Women
This revised edition reviews research and intervention development in the years since the first edition was published in 2003. It reflects recent emerging interventions and better practices with a variety of groups of pregnant and postpartum women, with an added section on high-risk populations of pregnant smokers.
Le renoncement au tabac et la grossesse: Un examen des pratiques exemplaires de renoncement au tabac conçues pour les filles et les femmes pendant la grossesse et la période postnatale
Ce rapport examine les interventions conçues pour réduire ou éliminer le tabagisme durant la grossesse. Pour ce qui est des recherches sur les interventions ayant été publiées avant 2003, la méthodologie des « pratiques exemplaires » établie par Moyer, Cameron, Garcia et Maule (2002, p. 124) a été retenue. Pour celles qui ont été publiées après 2003, la méthodologie de l’examen systématique élaborée par le National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) (2006) du Royaume-Uni a été utilisée.
Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.3): Mothering and Substance Use: Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment
This discussion guide explores four topics related to mothers and pregnant women with substance use problems: 1) stigma and public discourse, 2) barriers to treatment, 3) a guiding framework for practice, and 4) examples of Canadian mother-centred programming.
Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.4): Women-Centred Harm Reduction
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010
This discussion guide explores bringing a gender-based analysis to harm reduction strategies. It 1) introduce some of the intersecting components of harm reduction and health determinants, such as violence and trauma and pregnancy and mothering, 2) highlights the key ways that these elements interact to influence women’s substance use experiences, 3) provides examples of Canadian women-centred harm reduction programs.
Couples and Smoking: What You Need to Know When You are Pregnant
This is a self-help booklet for pregnant women who smoke. In this booklet you will learn how routines, habits, and ways of interacting with your partner influence smoking. Understanding how smoking is influenced by others and everyday routines is an important first step in changing smoking behaviours.
Double Exposure: A Better Practices Review on Alcohol Interventions During Pregnancy
This report is a review of evidence from peer-reviewed literature on the topic of interventions aimed at supporting women to reduce their use of alcohol in the childbearing years. The phrase, “Double Exposure” in the title reflects our concern with the effects of alcohol on both the woman and the fetus and underlines the importance of addressing women’s health and women’s circumstances during pregnancy to optimize health. View PDF
Mother and Child reunion: Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder by Promoting Women’s Health
This paper describes current knowledge about FASD and current prevention strategies and outlines an alternative, multiple-determinants approach to FASD prevention that would be more effective for both mothers and babies, more humane, and more cost-effective.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Women’s Health: Setting a Women-Centred Research Agenda-Final Report
This report examines the issues related to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) using a women’s health framework. The report describes a research agenda developed using an evolving model of “women-centred care” that encompasses women’s health issues and contributes to a preventative approach to FAS.
Apprehensions: Barriers to Treatment for Substance-Using Mothers
This research study explores the barriers and supports encountered by pregnant and parenting women accessing care for addictions treatment.
Evaluation Report of the Sheway Project for High-Risk Pregnant and Parenting Women
This report is an evaluation of a unique outreach program in Vancouver that provides services to pregnant women with substance use problems and support to mothers and their families through a women-centred, harm-reduction, culturally focused approach.
Our favourite drug: Why are women & girls drinking so much?
Presented by the Canadian Women’s Health Network and the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.