Friday, 27 July 2012
Tom Fredrik says, "It took about 30 seconds to say yes" to installing a pregnancy test dispenser to his Minnesota pub women's bathroom. The idea is to encourage early pregnancy detection in order to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol. The tests are $3 each. You just swipe your card in the dispenser, pick your test, and make your merry way to the stall.
This is a part of the Think Before You Drink Initiative. Their website states, "If a mother knows she is pregnant by her 18th day of the pregnancy and stops drinking alcohol from that time on, the growing fetus will not have any damage from prenatal exposure to alcohol."
Shortfalls of this method are that some women early in their pregnancies only test positive with blood testing, and some early pregnancies aren't detectable at all. But could the majority of women benefit?
So tell us, what do you think? Would you consider using one of these tests? Do you think this will help prevent fetal alcohol syndrome? Will this idea catch on?