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.
First, don’t panic! The best thing to do, is stop drinking alcohol as soon as you find out you are pregnant. The sooner you stop drinking, the better it will be for both you and your baby. Then make sure you are getting regular prenatal care and maximizing other good health practices like not smoking, eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep. It is also good to talk with your provider about any concerns you may have.
Half of all pregnancies are unplanned. And many women do not know they are pregnant for several weeks or even months. There are many factors that determine if a fetus will be impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure. Often it is not just how much a woman drinks, but when she drank, her nutrition, genetics, age etc. The best advice is to not drink any alcohol during pregnancy if you are planning on becoming pregnant or are having unprotected sex.
If you are a mother of a child who was exposed to alcohol prenatally and would like to connect with other moms, please contact Tiffany Morgan at email@example.com 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/.
If you would like more information about behaviors and challenges associated with prenatal alcohol exposure, visit FAQs about FASD or download our Busting the Myths About Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy brochure.