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Healthy Moms & Babies


Why was this coalition made?

The Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Coalition of Clarington was created in response to data that suggested there's more babies in Clarington born with a higher birth weight than the rest of Durham Region. This is called Large for Gestational Age (LGA). To see this information about Clarington, go to page 3 of the Clarington Neighbourhood Health Profile.

It is important for babies to be born at a healthy weight to grow into healthy adults. Having a larger baby can lead to health problems for you and your baby. For the mother, having a larger baby can lead to a longer labour or the risk of needing a C-section. For babies, being born larger can put them at risk of developing diabetes, obesity, asthma or cancer later in life.

The coalition wants to improve the programs and services available in Clarington that will help families develop the healthiest lifestyle possible.

The Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies Coalition of Clarington is made up of the following Clarington community partners:

  • Municipality of Clarington
  • Clarington Library
  • Durham Pelvic Health
  • Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYCs)
  • Diabetes Association
  • Loblaws Dietician team
  • Durham Region Health Department

How can you help?

The coalition has createda survey for mothers in Clarington. The survey asks questions about physical activity, nutrition, weight and stress during your pregnancy. One way you can help us improve the programs in your community is by completing the survey.

Mothers with children between 3 and 12 months old, were invited to complete the survey to provide us with your valuable feedback. 

What's Next?

The coalition plans to use the survey results to improve the programs and services in the Clarington community. Our goal is to improve programs that will help you be in the best health possible when expecting a baby or planning for a pregnancy. Changes in programs may include more support for health topics such as nutrition, physical activity and stress. We want to support you and your family to have a healthy pregnancy so that your children can be born at the healthiest weight possible.  

Check back in the fall of 2017 to see the results of the survey and for more detail of how we plan to improve the programs and services in your community.

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