Maternal and Child Health

​​​​​​​​About the Program • Prenatal and Maternal Health • Infant Health • Doulas • Early Childhood Development •  Parents and Families  • Resources for Providers​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Program

The Maternal and Child Health program aims to support pregnant First Nations people to experience healthy pregnancies, and to support parents of infants and young children and their families in helping children to develop optimally into adulthood. 

For a complete description of the program, including objectives and components, see the FNHA Programs and Services guide​.​

Prenatal and Maternal Health


A doula provides emotional, physical and spiritual support for expectant parents and their families during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.

Building on the role of the traditional Aunty, First Nation and Aboriginal doulas can help expectant parents and their families in honouring the traditional and spiritual practices and beliefs associated with maternity care. They can also support language and cultural needs.

Recruiting or Becom​ing a Doula?

These two FNHA documents outline important things to consider if you are planning to recruit or retain a doula, or thinking about becoming a doula:

Financial Support

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, the FNHA and the BC Ministry of Health has a grant program whose goal is to provide Indigenous families living in BC with up to $1,200 of coverage for full spectrum doula support with each pregnancy.

Infant Health​

Early Childhood Dev​elopment

Parents and Families

Resources for Providers


​​Healthy Child & Youth Development