Title

Building Blocks for Better Babies: Examining the at-risk maternal-newborn populations in Windsor-Essex county

Submitter and Co-author information

Jaime-Lee Nantais, University of WindsorFollow

Standing

Undergraduate

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Challenges Theme

Building Viable, Healthy and Safe Communities

Your Location

University of Windsor

Faculty

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Giannotti and Dr. Ralph

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Background:

Building Blocks for Better Babies (BBBB) is a Canadian program offering prenatal nutrition, health classes, breastfeeding support, and other resources to at-risk childbearing populations in the Windsor-Essex region since 1996. Compared to the provincial average, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports significantly lower levels of breastfeeding and higher rates of single parent families, child protective services involvement, and smoking during pregnancy. Currently, local prenatal services are needed to support this population.

Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to examine the socio-demographic factors of the maternal and newborn populations registered for BBBB program in Windsor-Essex county. Socio-demographic factors include age, income, education, marital status, birth country, childbearing status, healthcare provider, prenatal vitamins, food security, breastfeeding, alcohol and tobacco use.

Methods:

BBBB intake registration data of approximately 5000 maternal-infant dyads over a 22-year period was obtained for secondary analysis. The data consisted of a 17-question self-reported maternal registration form, and a 3-question infant registration form. The data was de-identified by the BBBB staff prior to researcher access, was then entered into an electronic statistical database, and analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results:

Data analysis is currently ongoing. The results are pending and will be available at the time of the conference.

Conclusion:

The results of this study will contribute to the knowledge of the socio-demographic factors of the local at-risk childbearing population. This will help refine the services that are offered in the Windsor-Essex region, and in the broader health systems that care for at-risk childbearing populations.

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Building Blocks for Better Babies: Examining the at-risk maternal-newborn populations in Windsor-Essex county

Background:

Building Blocks for Better Babies (BBBB) is a Canadian program offering prenatal nutrition, health classes, breastfeeding support, and other resources to at-risk childbearing populations in the Windsor-Essex region since 1996. Compared to the provincial average, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reports significantly lower levels of breastfeeding and higher rates of single parent families, child protective services involvement, and smoking during pregnancy. Currently, local prenatal services are needed to support this population.

Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to examine the socio-demographic factors of the maternal and newborn populations registered for BBBB program in Windsor-Essex county. Socio-demographic factors include age, income, education, marital status, birth country, childbearing status, healthcare provider, prenatal vitamins, food security, breastfeeding, alcohol and tobacco use.

Methods:

BBBB intake registration data of approximately 5000 maternal-infant dyads over a 22-year period was obtained for secondary analysis. The data consisted of a 17-question self-reported maternal registration form, and a 3-question infant registration form. The data was de-identified by the BBBB staff prior to researcher access, was then entered into an electronic statistical database, and analyzed using descriptive statistics.

Results:

Data analysis is currently ongoing. The results are pending and will be available at the time of the conference.

Conclusion:

The results of this study will contribute to the knowledge of the socio-demographic factors of the local at-risk childbearing population. This will help refine the services that are offered in the Windsor-Essex region, and in the broader health systems that care for at-risk childbearing populations.