Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)



In April of 1995, the federal government set into motion the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP).  It aimed at offering families holistic, community-based and culturally relevant programming to improve the health pregnant mothers and infants up to six months.  The program's objectives are to enlighten mothers and families by integrating into the decision making process of the program.  Programs held by the CPNP will include support through various activities that will provide adequate nutrition and food for mothers and newborns.

The CPNP is intended to supplement and expand other programs.  It is not intended to duplicate or replace other programs.


The goal of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program is to enable communities to develop and/or enhance comprehensive programs to improve the health of pregnant women and their children.  The cornerstone of the program is nutrition counselling, education and maternal food and/or nutrient supplementation.


The overall goal of the CPNP is to improve the health of pregnant women and their children up to six months after birth.



·  To provide an opportunity for parents to share their experiences with one another through a parent support circle.

·  To provide opportunities for parents to practice nutrition teachings and learn to cook within a limited budget.

·  To provide pregnant women and their children with access to nutrition counselling, assessment and prenatal supplements.

·  To provide educational workshops focusing on lifestyle issues, FAS and FAE, breast feeding, infant care, exercise and fitness, fetal development, physical, emotional and spiritual changes during pregnancy and the process of childbirth.

·  To provide postnatal information in order to improve mothers and their children’s health and well being.



Prenatal & Postnatal Education | Parent Support Circles | Cultural Teachings | Nutrition Counselling | Community Kitchen | Community Garden | Resource Lending | Parenting Classes | Hospital and Home Visits | Infant Development | Making the Connection Parent Bonding Program




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