My Baby's Breath Program
For additional information on this program call 612-749-3249.
What We Know
Alcohol is a teratogen.
- Teratogens damage the cells of the fetus and kill brain cells.
- Alcohol is, by far, the most dangerous teratogen when considering recreational drugs such as meth, crack, cocaine, etc.
- Up to 40% of our students coming to our schools have been prenatally exposed to alcohol to some level.
- New research in a mid-western city is showing one out of twenty kids show evidence of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
- 70% of women between the ages of 22 and 29 are having unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.
- Over 30% of married couples are having unexpected pregnancies.
- Over 8200 U.S. women a day are having unexpected pregnancies.
- Unexpected pregnancies are at a high risk of prenatal exposure to alcohol.
- As low as one half drink a day can damage the brain with exhibitions of lower reading and math abilities.
- Heavy drinking when pregnant can lead to physical and intellectual damage up to death.
What is My Baby's Breath?
Self-administered, monitored breathalyzer testing for alcohol
- Using incentives for compliance to program
- Picture taken during test to verify identity of person taking test
- Respondent has second test opportunity within an hour for a missed test
- Multiple tests per day determined by professional contact or other responsible adult
- Immediate contact with monitoring person via text upon missing or positive test results
- Easily adjusted number of daily tests and times of tests
- Daily and monthly reports
- Locating capabilities for positive results showing location of testing device.
Who is elegible for the My Baby's Breath Program?
Alcohol-involved expectant mothers-to-be, with teenage pregnancies a priority.
How can someone be placed in My Baby's Breath Program?
Assessment showing alcohol use during pregnancy required
- Contact HBC to determine eligibility and priority
- Meet with HBC representative to register client into system
- HBC will provide client with training and breathalyzer
Cost of the Program
Healthy Brains for Children is committed to raising the cost of the program through donations and other sources. Any contribution from your agency or program will allow HBC to provide the program to more alcohol-involved pregnant women.
Alcohol-involved pregnant teenagers under 18. Our goal is to raise enough money to provide the service for every woman who is pregnant and drinking alcohol. Until such time, we will use a priority ranking to determine who is placed on the program.
- Alcohol-involved pregnant underage women
- Alcohol-involved women of child-bearing years