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B4UR Pregnant provides resources for physicians promoting pre-conception health


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For almost 30 years, Dr. Geoff Downton has witnessed firsthand the effects that a woman’s health has on the health of her baby. A neonatologist with the Children’s and Women’s Health Program at Eastern Health, he sees a wide range of issues.

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For almost 30 years, Dr. Geoff Downton has witnessed firsthand the effects that a woman’s health has on the health of her baby. A neonatologist with the Children’s and Women’s Health Program at Eastern Health, Dr. Downton treats babies who are critically ill. He sees a wide range of issues, such as premature infants, those with surgical anomalies, babies whose mothers are on controlled substances or have chronic illnesses.

The intrauterine environment (the womb) influences and may reshape the human fetus and can lead to significant future chronic disease, most notably when babies are born to mothers with Type 1 diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

“Babies are changed in the womb, as they get ready for a lifestyle they’re being prepared for,” explained Dr. Downton. “If mothers are not healthy, the result is poor birth outcomes, which can affect the quality of life for a child, family, and the community.”

Many adverse birth outcomes are preventable. For example, 50 per cent of premature births could be averted through improved maternal mental and physical health.

“Pregnancy is a big life event for a woman, her partner, and especially a healthy child even future generations,” added Dr. Downton. “As physicians, we must be advocates for wellness and quality of life for all populations.”

Dr. Downton believes that physicians particularly those in family practice are in an ideal position to positively influence the behaviours of women of reproductive age and their partners, given that 50 per cent of pregnancies are unplanned.

Influencing a woman’s health before pregnancy is the focus of an initiative called B4UR Pregnant, launched by Eastern Health in April 2012. The B4UR Pregnant campaign informs women that body weight and other factors, such as taking folic acid and quitting smoking, affect fertility and pregnancy.

Women who participated in focus groups for this project identified physicians as an important source of information and support.

Physicians in the Eastern Health region can access printed resources, such as fact sheets, screening checklists and health information packages for distribution to women who are planning a pregnancy. More information is available on the  B4UR Pregnant website.

To obtain B4UR Pregnant printed resources, physicians may e-mail Tracy Costello, Health Promotion Resource Centre or phone (709) 229-1578.

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