BEST BABIES PROGRAM
Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)
A Free and Confidential Service
Services are available in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Bow Island, Oyen and surrounding areas.
In a supportive, respectful, culturally sensitive and collaborative environment, Best Babies will empower pregnant women and new mothers to make healthy lifestyle choices by offering one on one support, nutritional counseling, social support, education and community referrals.
Participants in the Best Babies program will have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.
Is Best Babies for you?
Yes, if I…
- am under 20 or over 35 years of age.
- am living on a limited income.
- have or had a baby weighing less than 2500 grams or 5 lbs. 8 oz.
- have not gained enough weight or have gained too much weight in pregnancy.
- was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant.
- have had difficulty eating well or eating enough during this pregnancy.
- have used alcohol, drugs or tobacco during pregnancy.
- feel lonely or afraid and need support.
- have difficulty with the English language.
Best Babies Offers:
- Nutrition education and counselling.
- Monthly home visits or more frequent if needed, to help support healthy choices and answer questions you may have during pregnancy.
- Information on physical activity, alcohol, smoking, drugs, dental care and much more.
- Prenatal and postnatal information.
- Free prenatal vitamins and vitamin D supplements for eligible participants and breastfed babies.
- Free milk, eggs and orange juice or Good Food Box/Fresh Food Box for eligible participants.
- Breastfeeding information, support and access to a lactation consultant.
- Connection to community services and organizations.
- Access to the Good Food Box program which is a buying club for fresh fruits and vegetables that saves you money.
- Community Kitchen cooking groups..
- Parenting groups which offer parenting information and a chance to meet other parents.
Best Babies participants are saying:
“The binder of prenatal information helped, I referred to it a lot. The coupons helped because, if I ran out of milk and eggs, I could use my coupons. I probably would have ate more at McDonalds. The social support of home visits was nice because it answered my questions.” - First time mother participant
“The coupons helped out a lot financially, as well as the prenatal vitamins. It was nice to know you can ask someone questions once a month. Breastfeeding has been easier this time around because of all the support I received.”
- Mother of two
For additional information please contact:
- Medicine Hat - 403.526.7473
- Bow Island - 403.545.2296
- Brooks -
- Oyen - 403.526.7473
Funding for this program provided by:
South Region Child & Family Services