Opened on Friday by health minister Ma Subramanian, the facility, ‘the first 1,000 days of life,’ is aimed at educating women and their families about the nutrition needed for the child while in the womb and the next two years of life.
“It is shaped in the form of a child in the womb. Our aim is to inform and encourage mothers to bring up healthy babies,” he said.
Women coming for pregnancy confirmation, scans and reviews can stroll in the garden with their attenders, said paediatrician Dr Sathya Jeganathan.
It takes 30 minutes to tour the five-zone facility that includes seating areas, placards and information boards.
The garden with fruit trees encourages women to eat all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
“It’s the first gift to the baby. At six months, ICDS workers will take a picture of the baby with the tree.”