If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
How much you drink is just as important as how often you drink. If you had an occasional drink before knowing you were pregnant, chances are it probably won’t harm your baby. But it’s very important that you stop drinking alcohol as soon as you think you might be pregnant. And it is also best to share your drinking history with your healthcare provider. The sooner you stop drinking, the better off you and your baby will be.
But the fact is, the brain is developing throughout all three trimesters of pregnancy, and is the most significant structure affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. So, the more you drink, the more you raise your baby’s risk for harm. Even if you don’t drink often, drinking a large amount at one time can be harmful to your baby. Binge drinking (4 or more drinks on one occasion) greatly increases a baby’s risk of alcohol-related damage. Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol when pregnant can lead to miscarriage. And heavy drinkers (those who drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages a day) are at greater risk of giving birth to a child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
If you are pregnant or even thinking about getting pregnant, stop drinking alcohol. Alcohol includes wine, wine coolers, beer, and liquor. There is no amount of alcohol that is proven to be safe.
If you are drinking during your pregnancy, do anything and everything you can to stop, and know that it is never too late in your pregnancy to stop. Just because you abused alcohol for a time does not necessarily mean stopping won’t make a huge difference to your baby’s health and well being. If you don’t think you can stop, you may have the disease of alcoholism. Here are some additional resources that can be helpful: