The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, also known as the CPNP, is an organization that provides money to community groups in order help pregnant women and new mothers who are suffering from poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and isolation. It has been in existence since 1995 and it has done a lot of good.


What Are the Main Aims of This Program?

At the time of writing, the CPNP were funding 276 projects across the country, helping out more than 50,000 pregnant women and parents. The main goals of the CPNP all over Canada are as follows:

To better the health of women and their children by:

• Increasing the number of children that are born with a healthy weight

• Teaching new mothers about the importance of breastfeeding

• Increasing the amount of support available for women who are pregnant and young mothers.

• To provide quality prenatal care for all women in Canada, regardless of whether they are Canadian or not.

• Promote and create a better sense of community. A community that is at one with each other will be one where people get the help that they need.

What Are the Different Types of Support That They Provide?

The different types of support that the CPNP provides to pregnant women and young mothers can be anything from the following list:

• Nutrition counselling

• The provision of food

• The provision of food coupons

• The provision of prenatal vitamins

• Lessons about food preparation

• Lessons about how important it is to breastfeed your child

• Lessons about child development and infant care

• Providing information about labor and birth.

• Counselling about prenatal lifestyle and heath

• Help to beat addiction to any dangerous substances


The Six Main Principles of the CPNP

Every CPNP project is unique, but there are a set of principles that no project under the CPNP is allowed to move away from. These are as follows:

  1. Mothers and their babies always come first! The wellbeing of the mother and child is the most important thing to take into consideration when planning and carrying out projects.

  2. Fairness and Accessibility! Every project has to meet the cultural, language, and social needs of the women living in the community. Furthermore, it has to be available all over the country.

  3. The importance of community! Everything that is done has to be carried out as a community.

  4. Strengthen and support families! Make sure that everyone is aware that they can play a part in helping out expectant mothers and young mums.

  5. Partnerships are important! The CPNP know that they couldn’t do what they do without forming partnerships at a community level. For example, if they cannot make use of a town hall for a program, then other arrangements will have to be made. This is where the next point comes into play.

  6. Flexibility is key! There are times when problems will arise, so it is important to be flexible to a certain extent.

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