Focus on healthy pregnancy

My mom pointed me to Time Magazine this month, which features articles about prenatal life affecting future mental and physical health and well-being. One article (there may be more, I don’t have the magazine in front of me) is this one:

How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life

There are more and more articles about epigenetics coming out in the news, and it underscores the importance of creating healthy, supported environments for moms and babies to start life in the best possible way. It truly does make a proven difference, and science and researchers are showing us time and time again that the environment pre-birth is an essential and extremely important time for babies in terms of development and health.

Recently I attended a wonderful presentation by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Children’s Hospital right here in the Seattle area. You should check them out – they do wonderful work and are right at the cutting edge of research on a global scale. The GAPPS mission is to “lead a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes.” Their research will contribute to a currently small but growing body of knowledge about improving maternal and infant outcomes and reducing prematurity and stillbirth, two issues that deeply impact the health of our next generation.

With current interest levels high on maternal, infant and child health, and the importance of supporting health from the beginning (pre-conception into pregnancy and birth, and then onto the more traditional times for intervention in infancy and childhood), I hope that we’ll continue to see improvements in these areas.

We at Open Arms are doing our part to support health and well-being of families locally here in our community, and we are grateful for all those who do such work on a global level as well. You can’t have one without the other.

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