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.

Planning Your Pregnancy

planning your pregnancy

Planning Your Pregnancy

One of the most critical times to prevent any issues in your pregnancy is before you even become pregnant. Here are some tips for planning a healthy pregnancy1:

  • Talk to your health care provider. Discuss medications you take, vaccines you may need, and steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy.
  • Do not use alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drugs. Speak with your health care provider if you would like more information about the resources in your community that provide support for alcohol-free pregnancies.
  • Take at least 400 mcg of folic acid each day. Folic acid is a B vitamin that can prevent major birth defects.2
  • Try to follow a healthy lifestyle, including eating nutritious foods, exercising appropriately, and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.3

Find answers to common questions you may have.

40% of pregnancies in MN are unplanned.

Whether you want to become pregnant within the next year or not, it is important to talk to your health care provider about family planning options.4 40% of pregnancies in Minnesota are unplanned5, 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 unintended prenatal alcohol exposure.

FASD is 100% preventable.

Prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects in the United States6; alcohol use during pregnancy can impact fetal development and cause irreversible birth defects and brain injury.7 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.8 FASD can be prevented by not drinking any alcohol – including wine, wine coolers, beer, mixed drinks/cocktails, or hard liquor – during pregnancy.9If 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 Organization10, the Centers for Disease Control11, the American Academy of Pediatrics12, and the U.S. Surgeon General13, that if a person is pregnant or could become pregnant, they should abstain from drinking alcohol.

Sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Planning for Pregnancy. https://www.cdc.gov/preconception/planning.html
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Folic Acid Helps Prevent Some Birth Defects. https://www.cdc.gov/features/folicacidbenefits/index.html
  3. Office on Women’s Health. Staying Healthy and Safe. https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/staying-healthy-and-safe
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth Control Methods. https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/index.htm
  5. Guttmacher Institute. State Facts About Unintended Pregnancy: Minnesota. https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/factsheet/mn_17.pdf
  6. Williams JF, Smith VC. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Pediatrics. 2015;136(5):e1395-406.
  7. Burd L, Blair J, Dropps K. Prenatal alcohol exposure, blood alcohol concentrations and alcohol elimination rates for the mother, fetus and newborn. Journal of Perinatology. 2012;32(9):652-659.
  8. Noor S, Milligan ED. Lifelong Impacts of Moderate Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Neuroimmune Function. Frontiers in Immunology. 2018.
  9. Fitzpatrick JP, Pestell CF. Neuropsychological Aspects of Prevention and Intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia. Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology. 2017;3(1):38-52.
  10. World Health Organization. Counting the Costs of Drinking Alcohol During Pregnancy. https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/95/5/17-030517/en/
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/alcohol-use.html
  12. American Academy of Pediatrics. AAP Says No Amount of Alcohol Should Be Considered Safe During Pregnancy. https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Says-No-Amount-of-Alcohol-Should-be-Considered-Safe-During-Pregnancy.aspx

Last updated: March 2019


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