Posted by: Admin | October 1, 2009

Michael Lu: Reinventing Maternal and Child Health, A Life Course Perspective

Michael Lu’s training as a OBGYN allows him to provide medical evidence to things that we intuitively know: health is more than healthcare and healthy births involves more than receiving prenatal care. His manner is humble, his ideas are clear and his presentation was inspiring.

His presentation was divided in three parts:

  1. He explained in layperson’s terms the importance of early life experience on birth outcomes. He explained the biology of how maternal stress during pregnancy influences hardwiring of the fetus’ brain and could lead low birth weight and childhood obesity.
  2. He presented how the effects of chronic stress throughout a woman’s life can influences birth outcomes. He made a strong argument to refocus women’s health on her whole life course and not just during pregnancy.
  3. He made suggestions on to transform MCH healthcare to assure conditions where all mothers, children and families can be healthy.

And he reminded us, by quoting John F. Kennedy, that “All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.“

Click here for the full presentation: Michael Lu Full Presentation

Janet Brown

Janet Brown
Alameda County Public Health Department


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