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.
Similarities and differences between Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and Autism (ASD).
Does this sound like you? Do you know if your birth mom drank during pregnancy? Explore what services you might qualify for to support you.
Here in MN, about 7,061 babies are born every year with prenatal alcohol exposure. Nationally, FASD affects about one in every 100 live births.
The only cause of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is alcohol use during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.
Here is a list of some things to look for if you suspect someone you know may be affected by a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
No. FASD cannot be “passed on” from a mother to a child like having brown eyes can be passed on.
Unfortunately, FASD cannot be cured. The brain damage that occurs to an unborn baby when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol cannot be changed or reversed.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is an umbrella term describing the range of effects in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy.
This is a huge myth. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders affects all ethnicity’s and people from all income levels.
Most importantly, please remember that the brain is always developing throughout the pregnancy.
All types of alcohol contain chemicals that are harmful to development and may cause permanent damage.
When a pregnant woman drinks alcohol, the alcohol travels through her blood and into the baby’s blood, tissues, and organs. What she drinks, her baby drinks.
When you drink alcohol during pregnancy, so does your baby. The same amount of alcohol that is in your blood is also in your baby’s blood.
Here is why it is NOT okay: Drinking alcohol may hurt one baby more than another. The best way to ensure a healthy baby is to not drink alcohol altogether.
Here is why it is NOT okay: The problem with drinking alcohol during your pregnancy is that there is no amount that has been proven to be safe.
How much you drink is just as important as how often you drink. The more you drink, the more you raise your baby’s risk for harm.
FASD is only caused when a woman drinks alcohol when she is pregnant.
The sooner a woman stops drinking alcohol during pregnancy, the better birth outcome she will have.
Can a child get an FASD through a monther’s breast milk? Find the answer to this question and other FASD-related questions on mofas.org.
The truth is, it’s never okay to drink while pregnant.