Top fetal health expert speaks at Queen's
Queen’s professor Anne Croy is surprised by the number of people who don’t eat properly and stay healthy while pregnant.
“This is such common sense that in the medical care and public health domain we have been very foolish and ignored it,” says Dr. Croy who directs Queen’s Research Group in the Reproduction, Development and Sexual Function.
She is hoping that a talk at Queen’s from one of the world’s leading experts on the importance of fetal health will open the public’s eyes.
David Barker is giving a lecture on March 25 at 4:30 pm in the Biosciences Complex entitled “Your Mother’s Mother: The Key to Your Health.” Many parents focus on taking care of the baby once the infant has been born. He wants people to realize that what happens during those nine months in the womb has irreversible health affects for the rest of a child’s life.
Dr. Barker is from the University of Southampton in England and the founder of the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), a world-wide organization that promotes research into fetal and developmental health.