Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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Fetal alcohol syndrome is caused by factor known as a teratogen, which exerts negative impacts on a developing fetus. Of course given the name one can assume that the teratogen in the development of fetal alcohol syndrome is, you guessed it, alcohol! I knew the cause of this teratogen but was curious as to why women would subject their unborn child to these conditions. After researching the topic and looking for personal stories that people were willing to share I found a website that was all about this very thing. I stumbled upon the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, it gives personal accounts of both mothers that caused these abnormalities in their children and accounts of children that are coping with living with fetal alcohol syndrome and its affects; which include learning disabilities, physical growth retardation, facial malformations, and behavioral disorders.
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I looked more in depth at one woman's story, Debbie, and after drinking and smoking marijuana in high school turned into a full blown drug addiction. By age 30 she was into cocaine and crack when she gave birth to her first daughter Angelica, who surprisingly was seemingly healthy. Because she was not ready to give up drugs her husband left with daughter and she continued on this dangerous path. She turned to prostitution to pay for her drugs, until she became pregnant once again. But she still wasn't ready to give up crack and never saw doctor during her pregnancy once. She thought adoption would be the best option but when the time came to deliver the baby, her car broke down and she delivered the baby in her home, by herself. Feeling an instant connection with her second daughter she opted not to give her baby up for adoption, but eventually lost custody of her. She then checked herself into a rehabilitation facility and got back on her own two feet. In talking with different counselors and doctors she realized that fetal alcohol syndrome was one of biggest concerns and not giving birth to a "crack baby". Her daughter Brianna was then diagnosed with FAS at 21 months, and is now in special education classes with help from an aid most of the time to help control her behavior.
Link to Debbie's Story

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