The fetal alcohol syndrome: some maternal characteristics

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. Mar-Apr 1979;16(5):412-5. doi: 10.1002/j.1879-3479.1979.tb00476.x.


The characteristics of eight mothers of ten infants born with typical features of the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) are presented. These chronic alcoholic mothers have poor obstetric histories, tend to have poor or no prenatal care and may repeat pregnancies which result in infants with FAS. Family planning counseling appears unhelpful.

MeSH terms

  • Child Abuse
  • Child, Abandoned
  • Face
  • Female
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders / complications*
  • Growth Disorders / etiology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Low Birth Weight
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Pregnancy
  • Substance Withdrawal Syndrome / complications