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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2014;18(1):1-12.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2014.18.1.1    Published online January 31, 2014.
Life-cycle Specific Comprehensive Women's Health and Maternal Child Health
안명옥
차의과대학교 보건복지대학원
여성의 평생건강과 모자보건 - 생애주기적 관점
안명옥
차의과대학교 보건복지대학원
Abstract
Objectives
The purpose of this review article is to explore the life-cyle specific comprehensivewomen’s health issues and maternal child health.
Methods
Life-cycle specific women’s health issues were investigated in terms of perspectivesof preventive medicine and health promotion. Development of women’s health policy should be tomaximize women’s happiness by effective allocation and utilization of available resources forwomen’s whole life-cycle.
Results
Maternal outcomes and women’s health are influenced by complex web of socioeconomicand environmental factors that precede pregnancy, and by generation which is a continuum ofwomen’s life-cycle specific health. Chronic conditions place women at increased risk for adversepregnancy outcome as well as complications of pregnancy have impact on a women’s long termhealth and quality of life. The period of childbearing is much shorter than the duration of childbearingin women’s lives. Nevertheless, women’s health are usually measured only by immediate pregnancyconsequences. More woman years are outside the reproductive age. Women’s health should bevalued as a continuity of care and access to services before, during, after, and independent of childbearing.
Conclusions
Comprehensive health needs should be met through more holistic approach includinghealth care policy for women. Women’s health in MCH (Maternal Child Health) includes importanceof considering childbearing as critical periods of risk for the health of earlier and later in women’slives. Close attention to life-cycle specific women’s health needs is the essential for happiness ofwomen and society.
Key Words: women’s health, life-cycle, maternal child health
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