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.
The headline read, “Sexually active women who stop using birth control should stop drinking alcohol.”
It goes on to explain the harm in drinking while pregnant and the cause of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
It reads, “About half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and even if planned, most women won’t know they are pregnant for the first month or so, when they might still be drinking. The risk is real. Why take the chance?”
Though many people found the initial headline to be over-the-top, Melissa Fredin, the Family Engagement Coordinator for the Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome says they are right in this recommendation.
“I would just say a consequence of drinking while you’re pregnant is passing that onto your unborn child,” says Fredin.
She also has a personal touch when it comes to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Fredin and her husband have three foster children that all were diagnosed with this disorder.
“Being a parent of 4 kids, 3 of whom have been prenatally exposed. I can tell you that it’s a lifelong disability,” says Fredin.
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. Read more…
For more information on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome you can visit https://www.proofalliance.org/.