CSC CHIGAMIK CHC and MotherCare offer FREE prenatal support to the community

September 11, 2017  

Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre is inviting members of the community to attend the MotherCare open house on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. MotherCare is a free, weekly drop-in program for pregnant women and new moms with babies up to eight weeks old with low income or who are receiving social assistance. According to an article from the Canadian Pediatrics Society, it is estimated that nearly one child in seven lives in poverty in Canada. During pregnancy, their mothers are likely to face multiple stressful life events, including lone-mother and teenage pregnancies, unemployment, and far fewer resources to deal with these circumstances. MotherCare’s goal is to provide pregnant women and new moms with social support services to help ensure positive early childhood health outcomes.

The MotherCare open house will provide women with:

  • A friendly atmosphere to interact with other pregnant women, new mothers and social support
  • Fun cooking demonstration with a registered dietitian and nutritional information and support
  • Free Door Prizes and grocery gift cards
  • Baby Bundle Bag for all new prenatal women
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Information on prenatal and postnatal health
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ with the Midland Midwives
  • Informal interactions with supportive health care providers and counsellors, if needed

Who:

Pregnant women or new mothers with low income or receiving social assistance

Where:

CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre

845 King Street, Unit 10, Midland

When:

September 13, 2017

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the free open house and MotherCare services, please contact Colleen Hood, MotherCare Coordinator at 705-526-2151 ext. 2095 or chood@catulpa.on.ca. No registration is required.

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About MotherCare

MotherCare is a free drop-in program for pregnant women and new moms with babies up to eight weeks old. The program encourages and supports healthy pregnancies by providing support, including nutritious foods, grocery cards and prenatal vitamins, to women with low income or receiving social assistance. Participants receive support and information on a wide-range of relevant issues such as breast-feeding, prenatal health, pre and postnatal nutrition and community resources. There are opportunities to speak with Public Health Nurses, Food Workers, Dietitians, Early Childhood Educators, and other community support services. An on-site Child Development Program runs during MotherCare for children ages 1-6 year old, of women attending. This program is funded by Health Canada and sponsored by Catulpa Community Support Services.

About CSC CHIGAMIK CHC

Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit health care service funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, through the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. It offers bilingual and culturally-sensitive care. It encourages persons who identify as First Nations, Francophone, Inuit, Métis or Aboriginal and live in North Simcoe Muskoka to register. For more information please visit www.chigamik.ca.

Media Contact:

Louise Picot

Communications

CSC CHIGAMIK CHC

705-606-1549

louise@louisepicot.com