Province, CFS join forces, seek investment in program to reduce Indigenous kids in care

Province, CFS join forces, seek investment in program to reduce Indigenous kids in care

The pilot will support up to 200 at-risk expectant mothers. SFNNC will lead the project and work with the doula service provider, Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag, to identify expectant mothers who may not have the resources to effectively parent their babies.

Winnipeg Free Press Posted: Jan. 8, 2018

The province and Child and Family Services agencies are seeking private investors to finance a pilot project aimed at reducing child apprehensions.

The two-year project will match doulas with Indigenous mothers who are at risk of having their infants apprehended by the Manitoba child-welfare system.
 
"The Indigenous doulas will support those mothers through pregnancy, birth and the first months of their children’s lives," said Tara Petti, chief executive officer of the Southern First Nations Network of Care.

Doulas — also known as birth companions, birth coaches or post-birth supporters — are non-medical individuals who assist women before, during or after childbirth to provide emotional support and physical help, if needed.

The pilot will support up to 200 at-risk expectant mothers. SFNNC will lead the project and work with the doula service provider, Wiijii’idiwag Ikwewag, to identify expectant mothers who may not have the resources to effectively parent their babies.
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