Media Release September 21, 2020
The “Healthy Care Pregnancy Program” pilot aims to better support pregnant and newly parenting individuals who use or have used substances in the province, and utilizes formal connections between 10 acute care facilities and 10 BCAPOP Program Members .
The launch commenced with Royal Inland Hospital and The Tree due to existing connections, relationships and identified need. Healthy Care Pregnancy Program Pilot Project Key Points
Acute to Community Partnership
- Leveraging existing relationships to provide hospital based in-reach through the Healthy Care Pregnancy Programs through 10 acute care/hospital sites in BC
- BCAPOP to engage with acute care and regional working groups in process
- 10 BCAPOP Program Members to receive funding for a BSW or RN to provide in-reach into hospitals
Healthy Care Pregnancy Program Pilot Project
- In-reach into acute care to support pregnant and parenting women using substances in community and postpartum (0-7 months at minimum)
- Focused on women experiencing risks to their health and well-being (e.g. unstable housing, poverty)
- Meeting with the women throughout the pregnancy, walking along side her journey and supporting her access to basic needs, transitions, etc.
- Maintaining mother baby togetherness
- Supporting holistic wellness and addressing chronic health issues and needs for both the women and the infant
- Building confidence and self efficacy
- Identifying pressure points in the system of care for intervention/support