Folic before frolic
In 1991 studies confirmed that taking folic acid both prior to conception and during the early stages of pregnancy could help reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida by up to 72 per cent (Medical Research Council (MRC) 1991). Yet despite this knowledge, very little has been done to promote awareness of this in the UK since the mid 1990s, and recent studies show that awareness and intake of folic acid are low. This article introduces a new initiative which aims to boost women's awareness (and most importantly uptake) of folic acid, and highlights the important role midwives can play in creating and maintaining this awareness.
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