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.
Earlier this week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) released a recommendation advising women to stop drinking alcohol if she is trying to get pregnant or not using birth control and is sexually active. This was intended to inform women about the risks of alcohol and pregnancy. However, many interpreted the report as a mandate that all women of childbearing age who aren’t on birth control shouldn’t drink. At all. Ever.
The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) would like to use this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to preventing prenatal alcohol exposure. To achieve this, we must look at the bigger picture which includes health behaviors prior to becoming pregnant. This can be one of the most critical times to prevent problems like prenatal alcohol exposure. MOFAS is focusing education on the risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy not only to women who are pregnant, but to women who could be pregnant.
MOFAS strongly encourages women to talk with their health care provider about whether or not they want to become pregnant. If her answer is “yes”, this opens the door to conversations about helping her prepare for a healthy pregnancy. If her answer is “no” or she is unsure, the discussions can steer towards the best family planning options for her at this time. MOFAS Executive Director, Sara Messelt says, “Ultimately, each woman will need to decide the level of risk they are comfortable with regarding drinking alcohol during pregnancy. But the goal of MOFAS is to ensure that all women have accurate public health information to make that decision.”
For more information on MOFAS and prenatal alcohol exposure go to www.proofalliance.org or call 651-917-2370.