Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome New Zealand

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FACS NZ provides support, education, awareness and prevention of foetal anticonvulsant syndromes. Allow informed consent.

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Babies are being harmed during pregnancy by exposure to antiepileptic medicines and mothers aren't being warned about it.

At FACS NZ we provide support and education, whether it be on an individualised basis, or to a larger group or community; awareness of the syndromes; and seek to decrease the likelihood of these syndromes.

Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome occurs when the antiepileptic medicine(s) that were taken by the mother during pregnancy cross the placenta and into the baby. The diagnosis of FACS can only be made by a specialist, when the mother, who took the specific AEDs during pregnancy has a child with a combination of physical malformations, dysmorphic (facial) features, neurodevelopment or cognitive difficulties, and no other cause can be found for these difficulties e.g., genetic syndromes.

We need your help to cover the costs of supporting families, and developing valuable resources to benefit everyone.

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Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome New Zealand has been set up to offer support, education, awareness and prevention advice to GPs and specialists, and families alike, about the effects of antiepileptic medicines and the effects on unborn babies. It is also a place where people, families, communities and interested parties, who have been affected by the antiepileptic medication during pregnancy, can come for support and education.

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  • Kathryn & Sean Robinson

    Kathryn & Sean Robinson on 29 Jun 2019


    All the best for the UK trip Jacki and co. Hoping that the ears that listen can help make breakthroughs where needed. (Please direct this donation towards the UK trip costs.)


  • Andrea

    Andrea on 25 Jan 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 25 Jan 2019


    For all the hard work you do!


  • Wahaib

    Wahaib on 30 Nov 2018




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    Guest Donor on 28 Sep 2018



    • Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome New Zealand

      Thank you so much for your donation. It is much appreciated.

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