Empowering PregnancyFlexible pregnancy support tailored to your needs
Empowering Pregnancy is a prenatal support program designed to provide the additional support you may need throughout your pregnancy as you transition into parenthood or navigate the adoption process.
We will walk alongside you and provide a range of emotional and practical supports to help you have a healthy pregnancy, make community connections, and prepare for birth and beyond. We recognize that unplanned pregnancies often present unique needs and challenges, which is why Empowering Pregnancy is based on one-on-one outreach support and individual counselling.
How We Can Help
Our team is here to help you navigate all of the extra challenges that come with unplanned pregnancy.
Based on your needs, priorities, and decisions, we can provide:
- One-on-one counselling sessions with a registered social worker up to 24 months postpartum
- Information and referrals to community resources
- Transportation assistance to appointments
- Assistance finding a prenatal care provider, applying for benefits, and navigating financial and practical challenges
- Free prenatal vitamins
- Advocacy, and more!
“Weekly calls and having someone to talk to made a world of difference…. Just having someone to … trust my concerns to … helped me navigate the new world of parenthood. To be honest, if this parent support would not have been there for me, I would not have been able to do it or be alive at this point. Providing support and supporting my baby and also information on where I can get help. They opened for me a way if I need help, I can just ask.”
– Client Feedback
Am I Eligible?
To qualify for Empowering Pregnancy Outreach support you must:
- Live within Waterloo Region
- Demonstrate a need for emotional and/or financial support
- Enrollment CLOSED for 2023, intake will reopen in January 2024 for due dates in April 2024 or later.
Empowering Pregnancy outreach support is available to pregnant people living within Waterloo Region throughout pregnancy and continuing for 3-6 months postpartum.
Counselling is available up to 24 months postpartum.
*If your due date is before April 2024 and you need support during your pregnancy, please contact our office for more information.
How to Apply for Empowering Pregnancy
Step 1: Go to our online booking site: https://shore.inputhealth.com/ebooking
Step 2: Select Kitchener as the location then Virtual Visit
Step 3: Select Empowering Pregnancy Intake appointment and select the next available date and time
Step 4: Complete the required intake forms right away
Step 5: Meet virtually with a member of our Empowering Pregnancy Team to review your request and determine how the program can support you