Integrative health for mothers is an essential aspect of maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and well-being (MNCAH&W). By incorporating natural therapies and remedies, mothers can better manage common maladies and improve overall health for themselves and their families. This approach not only supports the development of a country’s human capital but also upholds human rights imperatives.
The Importance of Investing in MNCAH&W
Women, children, and adolescents make up over half of the world’s population. Neglecting their health and well-being can lead to conflicts, migration, and intergenerational poverty. While mortality rates among young children have been halved since 1990, declines in maternal mortality have stagnated, and many children who survive do not thrive. Investing in MNCAH&W strengthens a country’s human capital, potential for future development, and ability to create more inclusive societies.
Long-term Implications of Childhood and Adolescent Behaviors
Behaviors adopted during childhood and adolescence have profound and often life-long implications for future adult health and well-being. By promoting integrative health for mothers, we can encourage healthier behaviors and choices for children and adolescents, leading to improved health outcomes in adulthood.
Natural Therapies and Remedies for Common Maladies
Integrative health for mothers involves discovering natural therapies and remedies for common maladies. These may include herbal remedies, acupuncture, massage, and mindfulness practices, among others. By incorporating these natural therapies, mothers can better manage common health issues and improve overall well-being for themselves and their families.
Supporting the Nurturing Care Framework
The G20-supported Nurturing Care Framework has influenced policies and programs related to early child development. By promoting integrative health for mothers, we can further support this framework and improve the health and well-being of women, children,
and adolescents worldwide.