The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of babies who end up in the NICU through a nutrition, weight management and education program. Reproductive-age women who meet program requirements will be referred to the program through community clinics and other health organizations. They will be provide a Health Coach to provide support and encouragement, nutritional education and access to a gym and personal trainer to help encourage regular physical activity. Obesity has been shown to correlate with conditions such as hypertension and gestational diabetes which can lead to difficult or higher risk pregnancies. By addressing obesity, Miracle Babies hopes to create a healthier lifestyle for the mother and family and a healthier environment for the baby even before birth.
Healthy Women Healthy Children includes the following program elements:
- Individualized Support
- Fitness and Exercise
- Nutritional Counseling
- Pre-conception and Inter-conception Education
Data and Evaluation
Miracle Babies will coordinate and track the data from this program and provide evaluation to partners and stakeholders, which includes the following:
- Participant’s weight and BMI, tracked for two years – every month for the first year, and every 6 months for the second year.
- Number of fitness sessions, community activities, and meetings with the health coach and nutritionist.
- Evaluation and feedback provided by the participant both qualitative and quantitative, including self-reporting through videos and reports to Miracle Babies.
- Pregnancy information collected that will include pre-pregnancy weight, information on the baby, the mode of delivery, the weight of the baby and the gestational age. This information is only for Miracle Babies data collection, and will be completely confidential and anonymous.
- Patients will demonstrate weight loss 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