The Prenatal Health Project is a research study in which a multi-disciplinary team of researchers are trying to learn more about how prenatal experiences influence the health of mothers and children. As one of the only studies in Canada who are following a group of women and children from pregnancy onwards, we have been able to discover and publish many important findings regarding prenatal health and its effects on both the mother and the infant as he/she progresses through childhood.
We would like to thank the participants in the Prenatal Health Project for their initial and ongoing support of this study.
Pregnancy is an important stage of development that influence the health of babies and their mothers for the remainder of their lives. Factors that promote the optimal growth and development of fetuses, and theirefore the optimal health of the child, are not yet fully understood. As well, we don't understand fully how a child's prenatal health may influence how susceptible he/she is to risk factors encountered after their birth. But there is growing evidence that the way a child's health responds to their environment may, to some degree, be influenced by prenatal factors..
Through studying prenatal health and its influence on maternal and child health, we hope to ensure that our public health policy has relevant research to be able to promote the health of mothers and children.