A new project designed to increase awareness of the health benefits to pregnant mums and unborn children of ceasing alcohol consumption entirely during pregnancy has been taking place Letterkenny.
The project has been ongoing in the ante-natal clinic of Consultant Obstetrician and Associate Clinical Director for Women and Children, Dr Nandini Ravikumar at Letterkenny General Hospital.
This is a new initiative, which aims to build alcohol awareness-raising into general practice in the ante-natal clinic.
As part of the project, the hospital will host the launch of a new toolkit for health professionals: ‘Prescription for a Healthy Pregnancy Toolkit’, which will take place next Thursday April 3 at the hospital.
The new toolkit will be used by midwives and health practitioners to help support pregnant mums to lead a healthier pregnancy.
The oficial launch f the project takes place today in the hospital lobby at 2pm.
The launch takes place at the conclusion of ‘Alcohol Awareness Week’, a national initiative supported by the HSE in conjunction with the Alcohol Forum and other agencies which runs between March 31 and April 3 2014.
Led by Letterkenny hospital, this initative is supported by a range of agencies including the HSE West Donegal Drug and Alcohol Service, the Alcohol Forum, the Donegal Education and Training Board, and the North West Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force.