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Healthy Moms & Babies

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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).

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

The coalition has created a survey for mothers in Clarington. The survey asked questions about physical activity, nutrition, weight and stress during your pregnancy. Mothers with children between 3 and 12 months old, were invited to complete the survey to provide us with valuable feedback. 

What's Next?

The coalition has completed the survey and it working on creating recommendations based on the information received. 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 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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