Assessing alcohol use in expectant mothers
This project explores the implementation by midwives of the Chief Medical Officers’ (CMO) alcohol drinking guidelines with the key objective of identifying barriers and facilitators to inform future practice.
Midwives' assessment of expecting mothers' alcohol use (MAMA)
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can result in physical and mental disabilities for the unborn child. Whilst heavy drinking is associated with a higher risk, there is no identified ‘safe’ threshold.
Recent estimates indicate that alcohol consumption during pregnancy in the UK is among the highest in the European Region, as are the rates of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
This project, funded by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, investigates:
- the current state of assessment of pregnant women’s alcohol use
- provision of brief advice
- how communication of the UK Chief Medical Officer (CMO) drinking guidelines might be improved
Key Contact: Dr Lisa Schölin, Research Fellow University of Edinburgh
Professor Lesley Smith, Professor in Women’s Public Health University of Hull
Dr Judith Dyson, Senior Lecturer University of Hull
Julie Watson, Lecturer, University of Hull