Teen Prenatal Supper Club
Age Range: Prenatal - 6 Months Post Partum
Project: Healthy Start
A Program for Pregnant Teens
Babies born to teenage mothers are at higher risk for health related problems. Risk factors include: pre-term babies, babies born with immediately identifiable congenital abnormalities and a higher risk for low-birth weight babies. Pregnant teens themselves are also at greater risk, including, for example anemia, hypertension and depressive disorders.
Prenatal Supper Clubs run 2 hours each week. Participants, up to 24 years of age, may come as early as possible during their pregnancy and can attend until their babies are 6 months of age. Participants who require assistance with public transportation to attend the program will be given 2 bus tickets each week.
Counseling, Referrals and Support
- Individualized and group supportive counseling through access to Public Health Nurses, Social Workers and Registered Dietitians.
- Referrals to programs and services that support childbearing women and young children.
- Each program site provides a warm, caring and inviting atmosphere where socializing, friendly support and lasting friendships are made.
- Provides a social network that promotes peer relationships amongst socially isolated expectant women to meet and support each other.
Prenatal Nutrition Support Program
- Provides expectant teens with nutrition education and counseling, access to nutritious food and nutritional supplements.
- Each week participants are offered a food voucher so they can purchase healthy food for the home (eggs, milk and fruit).
- Each participant receives a nutritious snack and a healthy meal.
- Each week, a Public Health Nurse or Dietitian provides individual and group nutrition counseling focusing on health and nutritional needs during pregnancy. Educational topics include: food planning and shopping, making healthy food choices within a limited budget, nutrition and purchasing and preparing nutritious food.
Prenatal and Parenting Education
- Bonding with baby
- Breastfeeding information
- Exercise and physical activity
- Feeding baby
- Improving self-esteem
- Infant care
- Infant massage
- Labour and delivery
- Living in a smoke-free environment
- Nutrition education
- Personal care during pregnancy
- Prenatal care
- Preventing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD’s) and many other relevant topics