Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

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The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) uses a community development approach to reduce the incidence of unhealthy birth weights, improve the health of both infant and mother, and encourage breast feeding. The program targets pregnant women living in poverty, teens, or women with limited access to health care. Program services include food supplementation, nutrition counseling, support, education, referral and counseling on lifestyle issues. The program offers individually tailored comprehensive services. The program enhances access to services and builds comprehensive collaborations to support the needs of at-risk pregnant women.

Goal / Mission

The goal of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition program is to improve birth outcomes by increasing access to prenatal care.

Results / Accomplishments

Results indicate that CPNP projects are successfully reaching pregnant women most at risk for poor birth outcomes. There are currently 350 CPNP projects serving over 2,000 communities across Canada. In 2001, over 44,650 women participted in CPNP projects and over 36,300 referrals were made to other programs/services. Positive impact results include a breastfeeding initiation rate of 79%.

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Primary Contact
Public Health Agency of Canada
Suite 1525, 15th Floor, Maritime Centre
1505 Barrington Street
Halifax, NS B3J 3Y6
(902) 426-2700
Health / Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health
Health / Family Planning
Public Health Agency of Canada
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