I breastfed this one because of the program. (didn’t with others)…”I’ve learned to eat better, give water instead of juice, to make my own baby food and take care of teeth.” …”15 mothers breastfeeding here today!”…”I changed what I feed my baby the same day I learned about it from you.
CPNP funds community groups to develop or enhance programs for vulnerable pregnant women. Through a community development approach, the CPNP aims to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights, improve the health of both infant and mother and encourage breastfeeding.
CPNP enhances access to services and strengthens inter-sectoral collaboration to support the needs of pregnant women facing conditions of risk. As a comprehensive program, the services provided include food supplementation, nutrition counselling, support, education, referral and counselling on health and lifestyle issues.
targets those women most likely to have unhealthy babies due to poor
health and nutrition. Over 95% of projects target pregnant women living
in poverty, teens, or women living in isolation or with poor access to
services. Other client groups targeted include women who abuse alcohol
or drugs, live with violence, women with gestational diabetes,
Aboriginal women, and immigrant and/or refugee women.
In 2001/02, over 44, 650 women participated in CPNP projects. In addition, close to 6,000 women were served by FNIHB-funded CPNP projects in Inuit and on-reserve First Nations communities.
Results indicate CPNP funded projects are successfully reaching those pregnant women most at risk for poor birth outcome and often least likely to participate in traditional prenatal programming. Data collected between 1996 and the spring of 2002 revealed;
Communities are clearly taking ownership of their local CPNP projects: Over 370 new programs, activities or services were created in 2001/02 as a result of CPNP, including parent support groups, community kitchens, breastfeeding support groups and clothing/baby equipment banks.
CPNP projects have demonstrated an impressive ability to lever local support. Community sources are strengthening CPNP projects through in-kind contributions, additional funding, and discounts on goods and services. Non-budgeted financial contributions totalling $635,248 were reported by CPNP projects in 2001/02.
Almost every project reported receiving in-kind contributions, including donations of space, materials, and food. In-kind staff hours represent an average of approximately 51 hours per week, per project.In 2001-02, over 86.4% of projects reported that participants (current or former) gave back time and energy to their projects as volunteers or paid staff.
In Manitoba, an analysis of regional CPNP participants found that 100% of Manitoba mothers who had previously delivered a low birth weight baby were breastfeeding their babies to some extent upon hospital discharge, compared to 86.5% of other women.
1.Federal, Provincial and Territorial Advisory Committee on Population Health. Statistical Report on the Health of Canadians. Prepared for the Meeting of Ministers of Health, Charlottetown, P.E.I., 1999. )
2.Source: Health and Welfare Canada, 1990All other data from 2000/01 IPQ Report and Participant Summary Report, 1996-2002.
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