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 acute care facilities and 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 newly parenting individuals using substances in community and postpartum (0-7 months at minimum)
- Focused on participants experiencing risks to their health and well-being (e.g. unstable housing, poverty)
- Meeting with the participants throughout the pregnancy, walking along side them in their journey and supporting their access to basic needs, services, transitions, etc.
- Maintaining parent-baby togetherness regardless of custody/guardianship status
- Supporting holistic wellness and addressing acute medical complexity and social determinants of health for both the participants and their infant
- Building confidence and self-efficacy within participants and their families
- Identifying pressure points in the system of care for intervention/support