Overcoming the barriers of vitamin D in pregnancy: A midwifery public health perspective

Sanders, Ruth and Mitchell, Kathryn (2018) Overcoming the barriers of vitamin D in pregnancy: A midwifery public health perspective. British Journal of Midwifery, 26 (8). pp. 497-504. ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency remains a significant public health issue for childbearing women in the UK. As the effect of vitamin D appears to be unclear, and supplementation outcomes for maternal and fetal health debatable, there has been widespread confusion, with midwives unclear about recommendations and women unsure about supplementation. A partnership approach allows women to understand the public health context and view vitamin uptake as beneficial for neonatal health, with women and midwives working together to break down barriers and optimise supplementation and endogenous vitamin D intakes. Many women find a balanced diet in the childbearing continuum period difficult to achieve, and midwives can only address vitamin D deficiency on an individual, case-by-case basis. Communication, and an acknowledgement that women come from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds, can be key to public health success, via a thorough exploration of women's barriers to vitamin D uptake.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pregnancy,nutrition,vitamin d,midwife,public health,supplementation,health promotion
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2018 11:31
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 06:46
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68041
DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2018.26.8.497

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