Aboriginal Prenatal Nutrition

Overview

The Aboriginal Prenatal Nutrition Program is a federal program that offers support to urban Aboriginal women and their babies up to six months of age. Program addresses nutrition and healthy eating, breast-feeding circle support for women, preparation for labour and birth, preconception, stages of pregnancy, teen pregnancy, and promotes healthy lifestyles.

The Aboriginal Prenatal Nutrition Program is here to offer educational, cultural, preventative, and supportive services to expectant parents and infants to six months of age.

Background

This program was developed by Brighter Futures, Health Canada to provide direct services and programs for expectant parents and infants in the area of nutrition, prenatal education, labour and delivery, breastfeeding, and cultural teachings.

Program Objectives

  • To provide educational, supportive, and cultural services to expectant parents.
  • To promote healthy lifestyles during and after pregnancy.
  • To promote breastfeeding and offer support and education.
  • To provide nutritional education and support too pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and infants to six months.
  • To help parents develop positive traditional family values that are culturally based.

Programs and Services

  • Prenatal Health Teaching
individual or group classes, teen prenatal classes, topics covered: healthy lifestyles, prenatal development, labour and delivery, postpartum, infant care, breastfeeding topics, and cultural teachings.
  • Nutrition Education
Shopping on a budget, nutritional eating (pre and postnatal),
collective kitchen, food supplements, and gardening.
  • Our Family Circle
provides cultural, education, support, nutritious breakfast and fellowship with other Mothers and Fathers
  • Baby/Infant Massage
  • Craft Circle
provides cultural activities and teaching
  • Rentals of electric breast pumps
  • Infant weigh scale available on site for mothers wishing to weigh their babies.
  • Home visits and Hospital visits
  • Referrals

Make the Connection - Parenting Program

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Baby Rattle Making

NOTE: ALL PROGRAMMING ACTIVITIES TARGET THE SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, AND INTELLECTUAL NEEDS OF PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN.

Contact

Kerry Zub, Prenatal Nutrition Worker 

kzub@unfc.org

Sarah DeGagne, Prenatal Nutrition/CAP-C Support Worker
sdegagne@unfc.org

Phone: (807) 274-8541
Fax: (807) 274-4067

United Native Friendship Centre, Aboriginal Family Resource Centre

616 Mowat Avenue

Fort Frances, ON
 P9A 1Z3

OFFICE HOURS


Monday - Friday
8:30 - 4:30