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.
Most of you are familiar with the statistic that 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned. This can result in a woman harming her baby before she even knows she is pregnant. MOFAS supports increasing the proportion of women 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.
MOFAS encourages all primary care health care providers to routinely ask every woman at every visit including pregnancy, preconceptual, 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 of 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.
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 or technical assistance on implementing screening protocols in a prenatal setting, please contact Ruth Richardson, MOFAS Director of Programs at 651-917-2370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.