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 reality is, alcohol use during pregnancy is more prevalent than most people realize, and can affect women of all races and all socioeconomic levels. Nearly half (50%) of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned, and many women do not know they are pregnant for four to six weeks after conception. This means a woman who continues to drink alcohol could harm her developing baby without even realizing it.
Proof Aliiance works to reduce the risk of prenatal alcohol exposure and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), by encouraging health care providers to educate and talk with all women of childbearing age about their alcohol use and their plan to become or not become pregnant. Screening every woman at every visit including pregnancy visits, as well as preconceptual and well-woman visits, provides an opportunity for women to be more prepared for pregnancy and be as healthy as possible during and after pregnancy.
For more information or technical assistance on implementing screening protocols in a prenatal setting, please contact Proof Alliance at 651-917-2370.