Overcoming the barriers of vitamin D in pregnancy: A midwifery public health perspective

Ruth Sanders, Kathryn Mitchell

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Vitamin D deficiency remains a significant public health issue for childbearing women in the UK. As the effect of vitamin D appears to be unclear, and supplementation outcomes for maternal and fetal health debatable, there has been widespread confusion, with midwives unclear about recommendations and women unsure about supplementation. A partnership approach allows women to understand the public health context and view vitamin uptake as beneficial for neonatal health, with women and midwives working together to break down barriers and optimise supplementation and endogenous vitamin D intakes. Many women find a balanced diet in the childbearing continuum period difficult to achieve, and midwives can only address vitamin D deficiency on an individual, case-by-case basis. Communication, and an acknowledgement that women come from a variety of cultural and social backgrounds, can be key to public health success, via a thorough exploration of women's barriers to vitamin D uptake.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-504
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number8
Early online date31 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • Pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Vitamin D
  • Midwife
  • Public health
  • Supplementation
  • Health promotion

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