The Centre de Ressources Familiales du Haut-Saint-Laurent will soon be launching services in prenatal and postnatal care for area families, as part of a new regional support network in the Montérégie-ouest.
The Péri-Ressources project was officially launched at the Centre Prénatal et Jeunes Familles in Vaudreuil-Dorion on April 11. The project brings together six partner organizations, including the Fédération Nourri-Source Montérégie, the Halte Familiale de Beauharnois, ABC de la Famille, the Station de l’Aventure Maison de la Famille, the Centre Prénatal et Jeunes Familles, and the Centre de Ressources Familiales du Haut-Saint-Laurent, to provide standardized services across the territory.
Each of the five centres will offer the same services providing prenatal and postnatal support for young families, including workshops on expecting a baby, and early stimulation sessions for co-parents. The centres will also now offer home visits to new parents, and postnatal workshops.
“The idea is that if someone moves from one area to another, they will find the same services,” says Rommy Hernandez Tenorio, the director general for the Centre de Ressources Familiales. This will allow families to continue to access services they are already familiar with while they adjust to a new environment. “It is less intimidating,” she says.
Hernandez Tenorio acknowledges there are few services of this kind in the Haut-Saint-Laurent and suggests the Péri-Ressources project will allow the CRF to work more closely with the CLSC. “Our prenatal and postnatal services will compliment what is being offered by the CLSC,” she explains, noting the availability of such programs will become even more important, should the services currently offered at the Suroît Hospital’s Mother-Child Centre in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield be transferred to the new hospital under construction in Vaudreuil.
Hernandez Tenorio says most of the services offered in connection with the Péri-Ressources project will be available at the Huntingdon location starting in September. She suggests new parents or expectant mothers can reach out to the CRF now, for more information and to learn about the programs already in place. Updated information is available online via the CRF’s Facebook page, and the centre can be reached at: 450-264-4598.