Pacifier™ Program

This program supports immigrant women from Africa who have just had a baby (especially first-time mothers). As immigrants, these women suffer from social exclusion and lack of a social network – which becomes increasingly needed in times such as during pregnancy or post-partum. These factors have been shown to lead to increasing maternal morbidity such as stress and post-partum depression in these communities. Through the use of volunteer “sisters” in the community, these new mothers will be given assistance during the first four weeks after they leave the hospital. Assistance provided would include helping with chores, cooking, doing laundry, running errands, accompanying them to doctor’s appointments, picking up kids from school or taking them to sports or other activities.  The new mothers will also be provided with information and life skills about the risk factors and danger signs of maternal and new born health issues and available resources in the community.

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