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Proud Parents

For Indigenous Families

Having a premature baby can be overwhelming and we want you to know that you are not alone.


As a parent organization we recognize the need of support and education as you navigate the neonatal intensive care unit, NICU, and following discharge.


CPBF recognizes the need to improve access to education and support for Indigenous families whose babies were born preterm or require NICU care. Our vision is for a brighter future for all babies born prematurely.  Therefore, our commitment is to work in collaboration with Indigenous communities to promote equitable access to education regarding preterm birth to nurture the health and well-being of Indigenous babies and their families.


Since 2021, CPBF has been working with the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) to develop culturally-adapted resources for Indigenous families with children born prematurely.


CPBF also offers peer support programs, education for families and health care professionals.

Adjusting to a New Baby in the NICU

Tool box cards

CPBF and MFI co-created two toolbox cards and guide content “In the NICU” and “Caring for your Premature Baby” to help families.  These cards have now been laid out for use with in the Maskwacis Health Services Early Years program, and organizations in various communities will be using them over the next few years.

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MFI Early Years is an innovative evidence-informed program model that seeks to honour parents as their children’s first teachers, support healthy pregnancies and infancy and successful service navigation. MFI focuses on offering a flexible approach that can be adapted to best serve individual communities, and is committed to supporting our partners in making their vision of the program a reality.

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