Helen Howlett

Helen Howlett
Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy
Building a case for standardised antenatal alcohol screening in the UK. Public health, Alcohol and FASD issues.

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Introduction
Alcohol and FASD training for midwives and other health professionals Promoting public health messages to prevent alcohol related harms in pregnancy
Additional affiliations
September 2010 - February 2020
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Position
  • Senior Researcher

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Publications (10)
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Estimates for the UK suggest that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – the most common neurodevelopmental condition – are high. Considering the significant health and social impacts of FASD, there is a public health imperative to prioritise prevention, interventions and support. In this art...
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Estimates for the UK suggest that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)-the most common neurodevelopmental condition-are high. Considering the significant health and social impacts of FASD, there is a public health imperative to prioritise prevention, interventions and support. In this article...
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Background: We previously investigated the prevalence of alcohol consumption in early pregnancy in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a locality of north-east England. The prevalence was 1.4% based on blood sample biomarker analysis using carbohydrate deficient transferrin (CDT) and 3.5% for gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT). Aims: To su...
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Background: NHS England's 'Better Births' strategy aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes. A strategic priority identified in the north-east local maternity system is to reduce alcohol consumption in pregnancy due to the documented diverse risks of harm to mother and baby, including foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Aims: To evaluat...
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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is acknowledged as the leading known cause of preventable non-genetic learning disability in the Western world. FASD is a lifelong condition which is only caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). It is crucial that women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy are fully informed with clear, evidence based...
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Background Foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are one of the most common preventable forms of developmental disability and congenital abnormalities globally, particularly in countries where alcohol is considered socially acceptable. Screening for alcohol use early in pregnancy can facilitate the detection of alcohol-exposed pregnancies and i...
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Providing appropriate antenatal and postnatal care for women who drink alcohol in pregnancy is only possible if those at risk can be identified. We aimed to compare the prevalence of alcohol consumption in the first trimester of pregnancy using self-report and blood biomarker analysis. Six-hundred routine blood samples from 2014, taken at the anten...
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Providing antenatal and postnatal support for women who drink alcohol in pregnancy is only possible if those at risk can be identified. However, screening will only be helpful if women feel comfortable with the method used. We conducted a survey of pregnant women and their partners to investigate self-reported beliefs and practice regarding drinkin...
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Accurate and early identification of women at risk from alcohol consumption during pregnancy allows education and support programmes to be targeted at those most in need. We aimed to conduct a systematic review to compare the efficacy of blood analysis and maternal self-report in detecting at risk women during pregnancy. This review investigated di...
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A survey was distributed among new breastfeeding mothers in northern England to gain insight into their experiences with different forms of neonatal vitamin K prophylaxis. Two-thirds of mothers were knowledgeable about the reasons for giving vitamin K and a quarter felt that they had not received adequate information on the subject. The importance...

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