Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

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).

Why PR%F

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.

Why Alliance?

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.

What's Next?

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.

I Drank Alcohol Before I Knew I Was Pregnant. Now What?

health care provider checking a pregnant persons blood pressure

This is more common than one might think, as 40% of pregnancies in Minnesota are unplanned and many people do not know they are pregnant until at least 4-6 weeks after conception.1 If you’re able to, get regular prenatal check-ups and tell your health care provider you had alcohol during your pregnancy. Your health care provider should be able to address any questions or concerns you might have. You will also want to tell your child’s pediatrician that there was prenatal alcohol exposure so that they can monitor your child’s development for any abnormalities or concerns over the years.

In the meantime, the safest choice you can make is to stop drinking alcohol throughout the rest of your pregnancy. You can also maximize your baby’s health by making healthy choices such as eating nutritious foods, taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, managing stress, exercising appropriately, and getting plenty of sleep.2Learn more about healthy pregnancies here.

If you want additional support to help quit drinking, ask your health care provider about what resources and supports are available in your community.

If you are a mother of a child with prenatal alcohol exposure and would like to connect with other moms, please contact Tiffany Morgan at 651-917-2370 to learn more about our Circle of Hope group, where women with incredible strength join together to share their stories, shed the shame, and support each other through the challenges of raising children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

For national support, visit the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) Circle of Hope at http://www.nofas.org/circleofhope/.

Sources:

  1. Guttmacher Institute. State Facts About Unintended Pregnancy: Minnesota. https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/factsheet/mn_17.pdf
  2. Office on Women’s Health. Staying Healthy and Safe. https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/staying-healthy-and-safe

Last updated: March 2019

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