The summer of 2019/20 saw record breaking bushfires that some have dubbed the “black summer”. More than 10 million hectares of the local environment was devastated and around 3,000 homes were lost. Canberra had the worst air quality in the world this January. Since the bushfires, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and interact with each other. Amongst all of this, a new generation of Australians are being brought into the world. A healthy start to life is important for long term health and wellbeing. How has the health of mothers and babies in the ACT and South-Eastern NSW been impacted by these 2020 events?
If you were:
- pregnant OR had a baby no older than 3 months on 1st February 2020, or
- you became pregnant by 30th April 2020,
you’re invited to participate in the Mother and Child 2020 study.
All mothers, exposed or not exposed to bushfire smoke, are welcome to be involved.