Cochrane Pregnancy Care Centre seeks to become more established as an essential support and resource for residents of the Bow Valley Corridor, including the First Nation communities we already serve.
We are being challenged through the words of Isaiah 54:2 to enlarge, stretch, lengthen and strengthen our resources to reach more vulnerable women and their families.
Further, we hear the ‘call’ to extend our services to provide more wrap-around care during those first critical 1,000 days, by establishing a maternity home and transitional housing.
Lack of housing and economic insecurity are critical factors in the decisions vulnerable women make regarding unplanned pregnancies. It also impacts their ability to focus on the needs of their child. We believe there are opportunities to positively impact our clients and their babies by providing a safe and supportive home from conception to age two.
Many factors to fetal and infant mental health are being uncovered. The science proves that critical significance of early attachment and attentive, attuned parenting rom the primary caregiver as a foundation for strong and healthy futures.
According to the Town of Cochrane’s Sustainability Plan (May 2009), “Cochrane is longing to be a community where its most vulnerable people are protected and supported and… everyone has a roof over their head.”
Cochrane’s “Let’s Touch the Skies” report (April 2014) states “Women are still at a greater disadvantage than men; Not only is there a great need for housing, but for women’s housing and support in particular.”
A maternity home program will offer support in six of the ten arenas of instability outlined in this report - health, childcare, financial literacy, housing, hope and employment. Such supports help people to navigate the complex system of services and resources, avoid loneliness and isolation, deflect stigma and overcome mental health issues.
Corinne Burns, Executive Director of Cochrane Society for Housing Options states that “In Cochrane, there is little or no housing with supports that allow for independent living for those under 65 year of age…including housing for expectant parents.” (November 2018)