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.
Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy:
Speak with your health care provider about the different family planning options available to you. On average, couples who are sexually active but do not use birth control have an 85% chance of becoming pregnant; using contraception (birth control) will significantly reduce your chance of having an unintended pregnancy.
If you drink alcohol and do not use contraception when you are sexually active, you might become pregnant and expose the fetus to alcohol before you even know you are pregnant. This can cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.
Talk with your health care provider about how to prepare for pregnancy and how to prevent it until you are sure you are ready. Even if you are not actively trying to become pregnant, following the recommendations for planning a healthy pregnancy can lead to a safer and healthier pregnancy if it does happen.
Nearly 50% of pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and many people do not know they are pregnant until at least 4-6 weeks after conception.
Last updated: June 2019