October 2018.

This review examines evidence on life-course approaches to maternal and newborn health and, in particular, on outcomes and critical success factors for implementation. It found few frameworks or programs that take a life-course approach that had been implemented and most initiatives did not report on long-term outcomes. The lack of proven strategies may be because the life-course approach is relatively new to policy and programming, despite the longitudinal evidence that early life affects later health. While three programs evaluated long-term outcomes and all found a positive impact, they targeted specific groups. These programs would need to be implemented and evaluated more broadly to test their applicability to the general population.

Citation: Bell J, Norris S, Shand AW, Lain S, Hall B et al. Healthy mothers and babies – a life-course approach : an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2018.