On International Women's Day, we are delighted to highlight the invaluable work done by the OACS (Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome) organisation in supporting and representing women with epilepsy. Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome can occur in children who were exposed to anti-epilepsy medications in the womb.
OACS is a UK registered charity which offers help and support to mothers and families affected by the syndrome. The organisation is represented in Ireland by Karen Keely Walsh (pictured with her family) who has done tremendous work in recent years to raise awareness of the condition and seek supports for the families affected alongside other groups including Epilepsy Ireland in the FACS Forum. Karen is the mother of three sons, who have all been affected by the syndrome.
Karen says "All families are warmly welcomed to the group, not only because we understand the problems your child may be suffering, but also because we understand the difficulties you as a parent are facing too."
OACS aims to:
- Provide help and support to families with children affected by Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
- Increase the awareness of Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome
- Put families in touch with other support groups who are able to help with their specific needs.
- Help young girls understand their epilepsy and the risks should they become pregnant.
- Ensure that women taking Anti-Convulsant medication are presented with ALL the relevant information, in order to allow them to make informed decisions and to minimise risk to themselves and their children.
Find out more by downloading the OACS Ireland leaflet below.