Breastfeeding Café Interview: Healthiest Babies Possible

Jen Mantyka, Program Director for Healthiest Babies Possible, serving Surrey, Delta and White Rock, and Carol Dyck, a public health nurse and lactation consultant with Fraser Health, has developed a Breastfeeding Café to serve the needs of mothers who meet the CPNP criteria and are interested in breastfeeding their infants.  To learn more about their experience of setting up their new program, click here.

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Stephanie Wong
Interview with Chelsie Tierney: Kimberley CAPC

We interviewed Chelsie Tierney, acting CAPC Site Coordinator in Kimberley, about their Family Supper Night program that allows them to reach out to mothers who are in daytime employment, to offer opportunities for working partners to participate in programming with their families, and for partners to be able to offer some respite cover so women can engage in community or educational activities on their own.

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Stephanie Wong
Travelling Away from Home to Give Birth: An Increasingly Common Rural Experience

A recent CBC News article highlights the challenges for women giving birth in rural areas.  The report focuses on Fort Nelson, BC, where women are being asked to sign an agreement to make arrangements for delivering their babies at alternative medical facilities due to local staffing issues.  This particular instance is part of a widespread issue in rural areas across Canada, as difficulties in attracting and retaining doctors cause significant challenges in accessing medical services.

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Stephanie Wong
Dieticians of Canada/Alberta Health Services: Raising Our Healthy Kids information videos

Raising Our Healthy Kids is a series of evidence-based 1-2 minute videos, consistent with information in PEN: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition®, and providing information to parents and care providers on healthy growth and development of children up to 12 years of age.  The videos were developed by a multi-stakeholder group including Dietitians of Canada and Alberta Health Services and with input from physicians and community stakeholders across Canada.

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Dieticians of Canada: Raising our Healthy Kids

Last autumn, First Call wrote a public letter to the new BC Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, asking for a reversal of the decision made by the previous provincial government to the Child Care Licensing Regulations, to reduce the outdoor space per child for licensed child care programs from 7 square metres per child to 6 square metres, and requesting that the minimum outdoor play space per child be increased.

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