Maternal and Child Health Program

​​​​​​​​About the Program | Related ​​​​​Programs and Organizations​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Program

The Maternal and Child Health program aims to support pregnant First Nations women 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 (page 35).​

Related ​​​​​Programs and Organizations

Prenatal and Maternal Health

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program – provides support to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, new mothers and babies facing challenging life circumstances

BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs (BCAPOP)​​

Infant Health

HealthLink BC Safe Sleeping for Babies

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain – a parent website about early brain development

La Leche League Canada – encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities

Early Childhood Dev​elopment

Aboriginal Infant Development Program – works together with families to support the growth and development of young children

Aboriginal Supported Child Development – a program for children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families

Aboriginal Head Start Association of British Columbia (AHSABC)​ – provides programs that support early childhood development, school readiness, and family health and wellness for children from birth to six years old​​

Canadian Physical Activity Guide for the Early Years – gives some guidelines for physical activity for children

Community Action Program for Children – promotes the healthy development of young children (0-6) who are living in conditions of risk

Preschoolers: Building a Sense of Security​ – BC HealthLink fact sheet

Parents and Families

BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) – often has programs for parents, children, and pregnant women

BC Council for Families​ – a source of dependable, current information and advice including parenting programs, online information, and online discussion groups for parents

First Nations Parents Club – helps support parents with educational success

Healthy Families BC – Parenting is an online resource for all British Columbians with information about pregnancy and parenting

​Metis Family Services – provides services for parents

The National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) – a source of reliable, current information of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis child, youth, and family health


​​Healthy Child & Youth Development