Welcome to Parenthood - Alberta

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.

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

Who is it for?
For this research study, we will include:

First-time expectant parents Mentors
    • Parents who is 18 years of age or older
    • Parents willing to engage in programming through their community Parent Link Centre
    • Parents willing to be mentored by another adult in their personal social network (from late pregnancy to when the baby is 6 months old) 
    • Parents willing to accept a kit of information and baby items to support early parenting
    • Willing to fill out a questionnaire at different stages of study

    To Participate, contact

    Melody Loewen at 403-220-8058

    or email at melody.loewen@ucalgary.ca

    • Mentor who is 18 years of age or older
    • A friend, family, or neighbor of the first-time expectant parent
    • Starting in pregnancy the mentor is willing to have one-on-one contact with the mom. When the baby is born, once every week until the baby is 6 weeks old, then once every 2 weeks until the baby is 6 months old.
    • Each contact/visit could be up to 1 hour depending on the need of the mom. A phone call or a text message would also be considered a contact. A visit could be sitting and visiting, watching the baby while mom takes a shower, helping to prepare a meal, going for a walk with mom and baby, helping mom pick up groceries, etc.

    • Mentor willing to write in a journal briefly describing time with the mom and baby (Journal provided)

    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) 
    1. Contact Connie @ 780-474-2400
    2. Contact Kari @ 780-672-0141
    3. Contact Sheila @ 403-945-3900
    4. Contact Tenille @ 403-331-7101
    5. Contact Gale @ 780-489-2243
    6. Contact Candice @ 306-825-5911
    7. Contact Shireen @ 780-224-9251
    8. Contact Deb @ 403-586-1340
    9. Contact Jolanta @ 780-471-3737
    10. Contact Sandra @ 780-963-0549
    11. Contact Melissa @ 780-791-7110 ext.222


    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. 


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