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  • Brenda G. Barbour CNM, MSN

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    • Brenda Barbour holds a B.A. degree in English from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin, a B.S. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, and an M.S. In maternal child health from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, She is currently completing doctoral studies at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, while working as a CNM for SunLife OB/GYN Services, Inc., at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, Maryland.

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This article summarizes the pathology, incidence, and significance of alcohol-related birth defects. Results of a qualitative study that explored reasons why women chose to drink alcohol or to not drink alcohol during pregnancy are presented. Implications for the OB/GYN practitioner and for further research are discussed.