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.
Congratulations on your pregnancy! Proof Alliance encourages you to celebrate an alcohol-free pregnancy. Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States1; alcohol use during pregnancy can impact fetal development and cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.2 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.3 FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol – including wine, wine coolers, beer, mixed drinks/cocktails, or hard liquor – during pregnancy.4 If you want support to quit drinking, speak to your health care provider. You can learn more about support and treatment options here.
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 Organization5, the Centers for Disease Control6, the American Academy of Pediatrics7, and the U.S. Surgeon General8, that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant and are unsure if a drink contains alcohol, determine if it’s alcohol-free by reading the label or asking the host. If you cannot determine that the beverage is alcohol-free, consider choosing a drink that you know contains no alcohol instead. The safest choice you can make is not to drink any alcohol if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Instead, enjoy a refreshing and delicious alternative with alcohol-free mocktails.
You have the power to prevent FASD! When you don’t drink a drop, FASD stops.
Other steps you can take to have a healthier pregnancy include:
This is more common than one might think, as 40% of pregnancies in Minnesota are unplanned.11 If you’re able to, get regular prenatal check-ups and tell your health care provider you had alcohol during your pregnancy. Your health care provider should be able to address any questions or concerns you might have. You will also want to tell your child’s pediatrician that there was prenatal alcohol exposure so that they can monitor your child’s development for any abnormalities or concerns. In the meantime, the safest choice you can make is to stop drinking alcohol throughout the rest of your pregnancy. If you want additional support to help quit drinking, ask your health care provider about what resources and supports are available in your community.
While avoiding alcohol during pregnancy may seem like a simple action to some, it is not always easy for everyone
Last updated: March 2019