Early Life Influences: A Position Paper Of The Women’s Health Council


The fact that healthy mothers make healthy children, and healthy children tend to become healthy adults is now widely recognised. While recent gender equality policies have tried to highlight and promote the positive contribution that fathers can make as carers within family settings, this paper will focus on mothers. This choice stems from their physiological role during pregnancy and the neonatal period through breastfeeding, and also because of their continuing greater involvement in the general care of babies during their first years of life.

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