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Mothers-to-be asked to make health pledge

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Pregnant women are being encouraged to live a healthier life.

The new Welsh Assembly has launched a campaign to improve the country’s maternity services.

Wales has more expectant mothers who smoke, or who are obese, than any other part of the UK.

The assembly wants women to take responsibility for their own lifestyle choices, although it has promised that health services, voluntary organisations and social services will become more involved.

Health minister Edwina Hart said the proposals have been designed to create better quality and more sustainable maternity services.

Mrs Hart insisted: “Maternity services have improved significantly in recent years with more investment in new equipment, facilities and staff. The new strategy aims to build on the achievements so far, ensure consistency in services, and support across Wales.

“This draft strategy outlines how every child in Wales has a secure start in life, and that the mother, her partner and family begin parenting feeling confident, capable and well supported.”

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  • If their pregnancy / baby isn't enough to make them want to change, I don't think a pledge will work.

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