Isle of Wight Council

JSNA - Start Well (Children and Young People)

Pregnancy and Babies

Picture of a pregnant lady with a child

Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course. The foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional – are laid in early childhood. What happens during these early years (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being – from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status.

To have an impact on health inequalities we need to address the social gradient in children’s access to positive early experiences. Later interventions, although important, are considerably less effective where good early foundations are lacking.

(Source:  Fair Society, Healthy Lives - The Marmot Review Executive Summary, provided by UCL Institute of Health Equity. PDF, 34 pages)


Births & Healthy Start to Life factsheet June 2017 (PDF, 1MB, 5 pages). This factsheet highlights key information on  births, low birth weight, fertility rates and infant mortality.

Breastfeeding and Smoking in Pregnancy factsheet September 2016 (PDF, 1MB, 7 pages). This factsheet offers an insight into relating to levels of breastfeeding on the Island and rates of smoking in pregnancy.