It is my hope that in the days ahead, we are able to reiterate the importance of focusing on the evidence that clearly shows that when women have access to good health care, so do their families; in this way, they are the key to improving the health status of entire communities. Investments in things like expert advice for new parents struggling with breastfeeding are exactly that, investments, not costs. There is undeniable evidence that breastfeeding offers substantial health benefits. Lactation consultants can make all the difference between successfully initiating breastfeeding, or not. At the other end of the spectrum are the women who experience significant difficulty during menopause, and who sometimes feel, both physically and emotionally, that their lives are over. Medical experts, like many here at Women’s Health Clinic, can offer guidance through this often challenging life transition with empowering knowledge. Professionals like these across the province should be valued and supported to be an integral part of our health care system.