Local moms Mary Reynolds and Melinda Tucker have been working alongside University of California San Diego pediatrician Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones to form the Nine Months Matter Coalition, a philanthropic volunteer group that focuses on raising funds to help educate the community about alcohol-free pregnancies and to support children diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). The group, along with the Southern California affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, supports the Nine Months Matter public awareness campaign organized by UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings.

The Nine Months Matter Coalition is comprised of members from Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, and Point Loma. The group held a Sip and Shop Boutique fundraiser in March, and is now planning an Author Luncheon event for September, which is worldwide FASD Awareness Month. Learn more about how to get involved at www.ninemonthsmatter.org/coalition.