Many Parents of FASD Kids Feeling Hopeless, Researchers Find

I recently shared a report that parents of kids with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) are more stressed out than parents of kids with autism. The FASD parents who chimed in vigorously confirmed the findings. “Truth,” wrote one mom. “This is news?” asked another. Many FASD parents report that their friends with autistic children are…

Parents of kids with FASD more stressed than parents of kids with autism

At least that’s what the researchers are saying. A team from Canada interviewed dozens of parents in a study on the matter, choosing parents of autistic kids as a baseline because of their status as the most stressed parents of all. Until now. The researchers concluded that raising a kid with FASD is substantially more…

Pregnancy & Alcohol: Should Doctors Ask?

“I drank socially,” our son’s birth mom told us. “But as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I quit.”  She tells me this while sipping a glass of wine and eating a caesar salad at dinner. We had just met.  She chose us to be her unborn baby’s parents, and I was slow…

3 Ways to Thrive as an FASD Parent

Get informed, get support, and take it day to day. These three strategies separate the FASD families that don’t make it from the ones who do, according to a 2016 study that examined the practices of eighty-four parents and caregivers who are raising a child with FASD. A team of Canadian researchers asked the question,…

A Welcome Note from Ancient Mama

We weren’t adapting. We brought home a blond, blue-eyed newborn boy, and it suddenly felt as if a tornado had made its way into our small house, upending any sense of normalcy. We were parents already, so we knew to expect some level of chaos from the arrival of a baby. But this was different.

It took us many months to realize that he was different.