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.
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can impact fetal development and cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.1 Children with prenatal alcohol exposure are at risk of having fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD is not a diagnosis but rather an umbrella term describing the range of birth defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. These effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and/or learning disabilities with possible lifelong implications.2 FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol during pregnancy.3
Because there is no known amount of alcohol that can be considered safe during pregnancy, it is advised by all major medical associations, including the World Health Organization4, the Centers for Disease Control5, the American Academy of Pediatrics6, and the U.S. Surgeon General7, that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.
There is more than 40 years of evidence-based research on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure. Based on the current science available, we know that:
Every major medical organization has looked at the research and issued unequivocal statements that no amount of alcohol can be considered safe at any point during pregnancy. These organizations include:
Whether you are already pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or trying to avoid pregnancy, there are steps you can take to improve your health and prevent any issues.
Congratulations! Proof Alliance encourages you to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause a range of lifelong physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). FASD cannot be cured, but it can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol – including wine, wine coolers, beer or hard liquor – during pregnancy. Remember: when you don’t drink a drop, FASD stops. Learn more about alcohol-free pregnancies.
One of the most critical times to prevent any issues in your pregnancy is before you even become pregnant. Steps you can take to plan a healthy pregnancy include: talking with your health care provider about how to prepare for pregnancy; avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs; taking folic acid or a prenatal vitamin every day; and trying to follow a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, engaging in appropriate physical activity, and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Learn more about planning a healthy pregnancy.
If you are sexually active but do not want to become pregnant, it is important to talk with your health care provider about family planning options. On average, couples who are sexually active but do not use birth control have an 85% chance of becoming pregnant30; using contraception (birth control) will significantly reduce your chance of having an unintended pregnancy. 40% of pregnancies in Minnesota are unplanned31, and many people do not know they are pregnant until 4-6 weeks after conception. By this time, they could have exposed the developing embryo to alcohol without even knowing they were pregnant. This is one reason that Proof Alliance advocates for planned pregnancies: by taking steps to plan your pregnancy, you can reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancy and prenatal alcohol exposure. Learn more about preventing pregnancy here.
People often take the word from their health care provider over other sources. However, with conflicting information online and in other sources, it is very important that people hear from their health care providers that there is no known safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy. Help your patients prepare for pregnancy.
Proof Alliance has a wide variety of resources for women who drank and/or used drugs during their pregnancy. We are here to help remove the stigma and blame associated with FASD and provide support and resources for you and your family. View the options Proof Alliance has to support you.
Proof Alliance acknowledges that not every person who can become pregnant identifies as a woman. Although we try to use gender-neutral language as often as possible, much of the current research available currently refers only to “women” when discussing the ability to become pregnant. When citing this research, we refer to the language used in the study. In these cases, “woman” refers to someone who was assigned female at birth.
Last updated: April 2019
There is no known safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy.