Maternal health is the health of a woman during her pregnancy, birth and postpartum period. It is also an important predictor of newborn health. Many factors affect maternal health including individual health behaviors such as nutrition, tobacco use, alcohol use, access to appropriate care and socioeconomic factors. Preconception health focuses on actions women can take before and between pregnancies to increase their chances of having a healthy baby. This includes thinking about their goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals, addressing health issues with their health care provider before getting pregnant, and adopting a healthy lifestyle. The well-being of mothers, infants, and children determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the healthcare system.
The 2018-2021 Greater Nashua CHIP Maternal and Child Health Work Group meets monthly. These meetings are held in combination with the Greater Nashua Smart Start Coalition meetings on the second Wednesday of every month from 9-10:30AM at the United Way of Greater Nashua (20 Broad St # 1, Nashua - Lower Level).