I am writing to express my great disappointment in the "Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies" educational posters. The
idealized image of pregnancy and motherhood they project make them totally unsuitable for the maternal population with which
The prenatal care, nutrition and breastfeeding posters portray middle to upper class women in unrealistic scenes (e.g., the
wicker baby carriage full of fresh produce and foods) that by no means represent the lives of lower income women. Why not
show a more casually dressed woman at the grocery store checkout stand, purchasing a variety of nutritious, economically priced
I agree that health professionals who promote maternal and child health care need effective, informative and free educational
tools. Colorful posters can decorate waiting rooms and present key ideas; but I will not use, nor endorse, the use of the
"Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies" program materials.
I suggest the Department of Health and Human Services have state and local health agencies review the proposed educational
materials before they implement their production and distribution. Local agencies, especially, would suggest how to adapt
the materials to client needs.
Julianne A. Simpson, R.D.
Women , Infants, Children (WIG) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program