Maternal and perinatal health
Maximising maternal health and wellbeing during and after pregnancy improves child health outcomes, including stopping smoking and breastfeeding.
Smoking during pregnancy
Rates of smoking during pregnancy have recently stalled in the UK, despite known complications for the mother and child, potentially leading to stillbirth and neonatal death.
Breastfeeding has multiple benefits, including reduced risk of gastrointestinal problems and respiratory infections. UK breastfeeding rates lag behind comparable high income countries.