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Bid to improve new mums' lifestyles

Mums-to-be in Wales are being urged to adopt healthier lifestyles as part of a new government campaign.

The drive by the Welsh Assembly Government has been launched after statistics showed Wales to have the highest number of pregnant women who smoke or are obese in the UK.

The draft strategy aims to cut this figure by promoting better lifestyle choices for new mums and their families.

As well as a midwife, families will receive information and guidance from health services, voluntary organisations and social services.

Health Minister Edwina Hart, who is drawing up the plans for consultation, said: "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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