Berlin - The cooperation partners involved in the prevention initiative to avoid alcohol in pregnancy and breastfeeding draw positive balance. "From the beginning of the initiative in 2009 to the end of last year, we were able to distribute more than 1.4 million information brochures to midwives, pregnancy counseling centers and directly to gynecologists," said Angelika Wiesgen-Pick, the managing director of the initiative, in Berlin today .
In addition, since May 2012 about 80,000 leaflets have been distributed to girls and young women by the doctors of the "" (ÄGGF) as part of school sex education.
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the most common condition that occurs in newborns. One out of 330 children in Germany is affected, said Reinhold Feldmann from the person who scientifically accompanied the information brochure. This means that FAS occurs much more frequently than, for example, Down's syndrome. In total, around 2,000 children are born with full FAS screen every year in Germany. Three times more children are also affected, even if no full FAS image is formed.
Die, Mechthild Dyckmans, cited recent study by the University of Cologne, according to which many pregnant women continue to underestimate the danger of alcohol. According to the study, the occasional glass of champagne or wine is apparently not perceived by the women as alcohol - alcohol was detected in the urine of 90 of the pregnant women examined. "The issue of alcohol prohibition in pregnancy still needs to be educated," said Dyckmans.
The ÄGGF reaches around 125,000 girls year with its preventive services, said the society's honorary chairwoman, Gisela Gille. “Our doctors go to classes as part of sex lessons and give the girls the opportunity to ask their questions in protected setting,” explained Gille. They also addressed the topic of alcohol during pregnancy.
An evaluation of the leaflet distributed in this context showed that for 91 percent of the girls surveyed, having their own child would be the most important thing. However, almost third of the girls would have never heard of the fact that you shouldn't drink alcohol at all during pregnancy.
The professional association of gynecologists has also been cooperation partner of the prevention initiative since 2012. "We welcome the extensive networking within this initiative," said its President, Christian Albring. Many girls and women could have been reached by distributing the information material to pregnant women as well as by working with the magazine "Frauenarzt".
It is actually natural that doctors know, said Albring. But many of the findings about fetal alcohol syndrome are not so old that all doctors learned them during their studies. "That is why it is important to keep informing colleagues about FAS," says Albring.