Newsmakers: Proof Alliance Works To Prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Mollie O’Brien, executive director of Proof Alliance Minnesota, says prenatal alcohol exposure impacts one in 20 babies in the U.S. and can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
“If we have alcohol exposed pregnancies, it means we have a trajectory of increasing FASD,” said O’Brien. “This is a public health crisis.”
Proof Alliance works to prevent FASD, which is a range of disabilities that can only be caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. FASD is a spectrum disorder and the affects vary widely depending on a variety of factors. It can include physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities with lifelong implications. Proof Alliance provides support and care for people on the FASD spectrum and their families. The nonprofit was founded in St. Paul in 1988.
“We’re here for you,” explained O’Brien, who said families can reach out for help if they suspect FASD in their family or if someone wants to join the movement and help promote the message. “There are so many alcohol-free options out there these days. Research shows there is no safe threshold [of alcohol during pregnancy].”
The nonprofit is preparing for a caregiver conference at the Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center on May 18-19. You can learn more here.
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