Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta

Thank to everyone who participated in the Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta Study!

Our communities are stronger when we ensure that all families receive support when they bring home a new baby. Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta will provide supports so that all families have what they need to ensure Alberta's children grow up healthy and strong.

As part of the Alberta government’s commitment to early childhood development, Human Services has committed to fund Welcome to Parenthood—Alberta (W2P-AB), a demonstration project through the University of Calgary's Nursing Research Department.

Although recruitment for this study has ended, if you have any questions regarding Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta

Please contact Melody (ph: 403-220-8058, email: melody.loewen@ucalgary.ca)

We will evaluate the support and information that parents need during the transition from pregnancy to early parenthood.

Who is it for?
It is for first-time pregnant women and for women interested in mentoring a first-time pregnant woman. For this research study, the study participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

First Time Pregnant Women

  • If you are a first-time expectant woman you must be 18 years of age or older. 
  • You must be willing to engage in programming through a participating Parent Link Centre (see list of 11 participating Centres below)
  • You must be willing to be mentored by someone from your own social network from late pregnancy to when the baby is 6 months old.
  • You will receive a free baby box and items for mother and baby that will support early parenting
  • You must be willing to fill out questionnaires at different stages of the study 


  • You must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate in the study
  • A mentor is someone from the pregnant woman's social network (e.g. friend, family member, neighbor)
  • You must be willing to fill out some questionnaires about yourself as well as write in a journal briefly describing time with the mom and baby.
  • The mentor is willing to meet one-on-one with the pregnant woman/mother about 20 times by the time the baby is 6 months old. Each contact would be about 1 hour and could be a visit, helping to prepare a meal with the mom, going for a walk, etc.

11 Parent Link Centres are participating in this research study:

  1. Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society (Edmonton)
  2. Camrose Family Resource Centre 
  3. Community Links (Airdrie) 
  4. Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre 
  5. Jasper Place Child & Family Resource Centre (Edmonton) 
  6. Midwest Family Connections (Lloydminster) 
  7. Family Futures Resource Network (Edmonton) 
  8. Mountain View Parent Link (Didsbury) 
  9. Norwood Child & Family Resource Centre (Edmonton) 
  10. Parkland County Parent Link Centre (Stony Plain) 
  11. The HUB Family Resource Centre (Fort McMurray) 


The purpose of this project is to develop, implement and research this innovative provincial strategy to support families with young children, targeting those who are experiencing periods of vulnerability during their transition to parenting (for the purpose of the study, the definition of vulnerability is a first-time parent). 

A key piece of this project is linking parents with parenting supports, mentors, and other vital resources offered through 11 Provincial Parent Link Centres showing how integrated community supports can effectively support families with young children. Through Parent Link Centres, we will provide specialized information and support to parents and their adult mentor. Through mentorship and a research based kit to take home, we will ensure that all families have the support when they bring home a new baby.

The goal of the project is to improve awareness of the core story of early brain and biological development, and understanding of community resources and supports that are aimed at preventing adverse childhood experiences, and ultimately, improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children in Alberta. We envision that W2P-AB will provide (1) enhanced prenatal and early parenting education opportunities to promote the importance of early relationships to lifelong learning and well-being, (2) tangible and emotional supports for early parenting, and (3) facilitated access to evidence-based community resources and supports, which over the longer term will embed new learning and behaviors into patterns that promote resilience. 

Note: Welcome to Parenthood-AB is a research study through the University of Calgary. We have no affiliation with companies who are distributing free baby boxes.
Safety Caution: Do not use a baby box for an infant who can roll over. The average infant can roll from abdomen to back at age 3 months. See section 65 http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/SOR-2016-152.pdf.


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