Studies show that 50 % of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and many women consume alcohol before they recognize they are pregnant, Deputy Secretary Janice Kopelman said during a meeting hosted by Gaudenzia’s Vantage House for Women. Women of childbearing age need to be alert to how drinking can affect an unborn child. It is extremely important for females to monitor their alcohol use if they are able to conceive kids. Related StoriesResearchers develop accurate solution to predict postpartum diabetesYale doctor scientist develops new app that aims to decrease pregnancy lossPregnant females with elevated blood-sugar amounts more likely to have babies with heart defectsAlcohol use during pregnancy is a leading reason behind preventable birth defects and developmental problems in children including development deficits; mental retardation; center, kidney and lung defects; specific facial features; hyperactivity and behavior problems; attention and memory problems; and learning disabilities.Michael T. Osterholm, a renowned professional on infectious diseases nationally, in a Webcast focusing on the ongoing health impact of the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Dr. Osterholm will discuss the success and failures of public health interventions to lessen influenza morbidity and mortality during the pandemic along with the impact on business supply chains within the health care industry. To attend, please visit: One RN CE credit will be offered for this Webcast also. 1 October, 10:20 a.m.