A Place for Pregnant Teens
Pregnant young women in Malton and Brampton now have access to critical information and support
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 17, 2011) – Peel Public Health and Best Start Health Coalition in Peel are excited to announce the opening of a new Teen Prenatal Supper Club location serving Brampton and Malton. The site will provide pregnant young women with education and resources to help them have a healthy pregnancy and establish strong parent-child attachment relationships.
Participants of Teen Prenatal Supper Clubs are shown to improve personal health behaviours, including reduction of smoking and alcohol consumption. Evaluation has also shown that participation positively effects infant birth weight.
At eight months pregnant, Jaimie Stroeder, 24, mother of Jayden, 2, is a regular attendee at Teen Prenatal Supper Club. “You learn so much just about yourself and how to manage your life and be healthy, safe and successful. I’ve made lasting friendships with people I’ve met at this group.”
Since 2006, almost 1,000 pregnant women under age 25 have been served by Teen Prenatal Supper Clubs in Brampton and Mississauga. Participants receive information and support from Public Health Nurses, access to a Registered Dietitian, prenatal vitamins, food vouchers and bus tickets. Supper Clubs also provide an opportunity for participants to meet others who can relate to their experiences.
“Community and peer support is important for ensuring positive outcomes for these young women and their children,” says Barb Wallace, Executive Director, Best Start Health Coalition in Peel. “This new Bramalea/Malton Teen Prenatal Supper Club serves an area where a significantly higher number of young mothers live.” Source: Born in Peel: Examining Maternal and Infant Health (2010) (Map 6.1)
The new Teen Prenatal Supper Club is located at the Chelsea Garden Peel Living Building at 4 Knightsbridge Rd., Brampton. The club operates Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All pregnant women under the age of 25 are welcome to attend and may bring a support person. Two other locations are available: in Mississauga at the Peel Public Health Clinic, Fairview Parkways West Plaza, 325 Central Pkwy. W., Unit 21 (Tuesdays), and in Brampton at the Ontario Early Years Centre, 57 Mill St., N., Suite 105 (Wednesdays). For more information, visit PregnantInPeel.ca.
Media are welcome to prearrange a visit to a Teen Prenatal Supper Club location. Interviews with participants and organizers can be arranged, and photographs are available.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.