Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

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).

Why PR%F

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.

Why Alliance?

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.

What's Next?

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.

For Health Professionals

You are probably familiar with the statistic that nearly half of all pregnancies are unplanned.1 This can result in prenatal alcohol exposure before a person even knows they are pregnant. Proof Alliance supports increasing the proportion of people who plan their pregnancies and engage in healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant to reduce the incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure. Prevention of unintended pregnancies is one of the single most important, cost-effective initiatives that will help reduce FASD in Minnesota.

Ask Every Woman Every Time

Proof Alliance encourages all primary care health care providers to routinely ask every woman* at every visit — including pregnancy, preconception, and well-woman visits — if they plan to become pregnant in the next year. Their response then triggers a doctor-patient discussion that can keep the woman healthier, help eliminate health disparities, and save tax payer dollars:

  • If the woman answers “yes”, the health care provider can offer counseling and resources to ensure that her future pregnancy is as healthy as possible. This includes information about the risk associated with drinking alcohol while pregnant.
  • If she does not intend to become pregnant, the health care provider can start a conversation about the full range of contraception options available to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.
  • And if she is uncertain, she can be encouraged to take preventative measures until she is sure.  Over 85% of couples not using contraceptives will become pregnant the next year, whether they intend to or not.2

Screening every woman every time helps to put reproductive health front and center as part of primary health care, and provides an opportunity for women to be more prepared for pregnancy and be as healthy as possible during and after pregnancy.

For More Information

For more information or technical assistance on implementing screening protocols in a prenatal setting, please contact Proof Alliance at 651-917-2370.

*Gender-specific language

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.

Sources:

  1. Finer LB, Zolna MR. Declines in Unintended Pregnancy in the United States, 2008-2011. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;374: 843-852.
  2. Guttmacher Institute. Contraceptive Use in the United States. https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/contraceptive-use-united-states

Last updated: March 2019


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