Connecting with other pregnant individuals is one of the main benefits of attending a prenatal program. So with this in mind, Public Health Nurse, Andrea Winzer, and nursing student, Michelle Aclan, spoke with Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) participant, Nadia Webster, to share her thoughts with you on how attending the program helped her during pregnancy.
Why do you attend a CPNP?
It’s a little bit of everything. The extra groceries provided are a major help. I like the gift cards, to see what food they make, and the discussions. This is my third time attending but I always learn something new.
How has the CPNP helped you?
My mental health is better because I can talk to a Public Health Nurse. Being pregnant you have a lot of emotions that can be hard to understand. You need someone who is trained to help you plan out what you want to do and the steps you need to get there.
What advice would you give to new mothers who are looking to join a CPNP?
It can benefit anyone. It’s a perfect class to come to when you are pregnant. They bring all sorts of info to you: how to shop smart, exercise, cooking, there is a class for everything.
Would you recommend the CPNP to other mothers and why?
Yeah and I have. They help you. It’s not just a program to learn about pregnancy. It has something for everyone and more.
Each CPNP is unique and offers different types of support depending on the location. To find out if you are eligible for this free prenatal program chat online of call 416-338-7600 to talk to a Public Health Nurse.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.