Miracle Babies seeks to address the issue of maternal health by providing a program for high risk pregnant women. Healthy Women Healthy Children (HWHC) helps pregnant women improve their nutrition, increase their physical activity levels and gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy, while providing education materials and fitness resources to help the women make the transition to a healthy lifestyle. New research indicates the health of a mom during pregnancy significantly impacts the health of her child throughout the child’s life.
This is a key piece of data for long-term health as well as for the cost of health care. When pregnant women fully comprehend they can impact their baby’s health for their baby’s lifetime, they are more motivated to become and stay healthy during their pregnancy. For many, it is the catalyst for healthy change, especially for women from underserved backgrounds with minimal resources, insufficient awareness of nutrition and exercise recommendations or unhealthy eating habits.
HWHC strives for women to continue their healthy lifestyle for the long term. However, having a healthy baby is crucial, and alone improves wellness for the population and reduces the cost of health care for this demographic over time.
Healthy Women Healthy Children includes the following program elements:
- Individualized Support
- Fitness and Exercise
- Nutritional Counseling
- Patients will demonstrate appropriate weight gain and improved physical activity.
- Women and families will be healthier.
- Fewer babies will be delivered via a Caesarean section.
- Fewer babies will be born preterm and require a stay in the NICU.
- Babies will be at less risk for obesity issues in early childhood.
Obesity and Preterm Birth
- 1 in 3 Americans is considered overweight.
- The obesity rates for women of child-bearing age exceeds 50%.
- Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the last 30 years.
- Women who are obese at childbearing age are at higher risk for infertility, miscarriage, gestational diabetes and hypertension.
- Obesity makes for challenges fetal diagnostics.
- Rates of cesarean deliveries are 60% for obese women.
- The incidence of complications in obese women increases the cost of prenatal hospital care fivefold.
- Mothers with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) are less likely to breastfeed.
- Maternal obesity may be linked to birth defects such as heart and spine defects.
- Children of obese mothers are more likely to be obese preschoolers, which bodes ill for their future health throughout their lives.
- Miracle Babies Healthy Women Healthy Children program seeks to address the issue of maternal obesity by providing weight management and educational tools to reproductive-age women in San Diego County.
Guidelines for a Healthy Pregnancy
From the The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
For inquiries or questions on the Healthy Women for Healthy Children program, please contact us: HWHC@miraclebabies.org