When it comes to maternal, child and family health, KDC Health's approach is health and wellness now and for the future for the whole family. 
This family-focused approach supports important areas like:
 
• Healthy relationships
• Sexual health 
• Family planning 
• Healthy pregnancies 
• Optimal birth experiences 
• Parent and guardian health 
• Early childhood development  
• Child safety
 

Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH)

 

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) is a ​program that is delivered through partnerships and builds on other community programs. It is a proactive, preventative and strategic approach to promoting the good health and development of on-reserve pregnant First Nations women and families with infants and young children. The program aims to reach all pregnant women and new parents, with long-term support for those families who require additional services.

 

A key element of the program is home visiting by nurses and family visitors (experienced mothers in the community), who provide information, support, and linkages to other services; integrating culture into care is a key aspect of the program.

 

Program objectives include increasing First Nations training opportunities for MCH service providers, increasing participation of on-reserve community members in planning and developing services, increasing coordination of services for on-reserve clients, and developing and/or using existing evaluation tools to measure progress using evidence-based models and approaches.

 

For the past ten years the provinces and territories have been strengthening their maternal and child health programming because it has such a positive effect on the lives of pregnant women, and families with infants and young children.​

All Sites (Campbell River, Quinsam, Cape Mudge and K'omoks KDC Health Sites) provide:

 

What is the Prenatal Nutrition Program?

 

The goal of the Prenatal Nutrition Program is to improve the health of mothers and infants by supporting community members to:

 

 • Eat well, so babies have the best chance to be healthy at birth and throughout their lives

 

• Breastfeed babies for up to two years and beyond

 

• Introduce healthy solid foods at 6 months of age, while continuing breastfeeding

 

The Prenatal Nutrition Program was formerly known as the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP). It was administered through Health Canada as a First Nations and Inuit on-reserve program. The Prenatal Nutrition Program for BC First Nations is now administered through the First Nations Health Authority.

 

There are also CPNP programs administered through the Public Health Agency of Canada that are offered to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. These programs are often accessed through BC Aboriginal Friendship Centres and BC Pregnancy Outreach Programs.

 

Why is this important?

 

Traditionally, we know that everything a pregnant mother surrounds herself with will have an impact on the baby. Healthy food is one important way that a new life can be nurtured to its fullest potential. Extensive research tells us that healthy, nutritious eating supports the long-term health of both mother and baby - and can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes. 

 

 

Prenatal Nutrition Program clients include:

 

 

• Pregnant First Nations

 

• Mothers of infants

 

• Infants up to 24 months of age who live on reserve 

 

• First Nations women of childbearing age on reserve

 

Making Prenatal Nutrition Yours

 

Most BC First Nations receive funds to offer the Prenatal Nutrition Program – and communities are encouraged to use these funds to meet their community goals. Depending on total health funding and community needs - this could mean many things - a youth cooking program, a traditional foods harvest program, a community garden or a range of services that promote maternal and child health.

 

Most often services are offered for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Depending on community resources, this can include support for women who are breastfeeding a child up to two years of age, which is recommended by leading health organizations. If your community does not have any pregnant women or nursing mothers, then programs that support pregnancy planning, sexual health for youth, or cooking and health eating skills for women who could become pregnant are great ways to promote the health of our future generations.