Feb 19, 2019
We have known for nearly half a century that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can harm an unborn child.
But the rate of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is higher than expected, and could outpace more widely understood disorders such as autism.
But because of the cause, this is a disorder that comes with a high degree of stigma, on top of the huge need for family supports.
We talk with Vanessa Hrvatin, recipient of the 2018 Lang Fellowship in Journalism. We look at how great the risk of FASD is, who is most affected, and how myths and stigma complicate understanding of the disorder.