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woman with her young childAna’s life as a new mother started with our Perinatal Settlement Services

The war in Ukraine is devastating even for those lucky enough to escape. Ana was seven months pregnant, when she fled her homeland, leaving her husband and the life she knew behind. 

When she arrived as a refugee, Ana had no friends or family here. Luckily, she connected with our Perinatal Settlement Services. With assistance from a nurse, dietician and lactation consultant, Ana found the support she needed to care for her baby, and the peace of mind that help was always available. Through the program, Ana received grocery gift cards and clothes for her new baby. Settlement workers also helped her get a birth certificate and passport for her new baby, as well as child care subsidies, English classes, and doula and postpartum support.

Equally important was the connection Ana made to other pregnant women and new mothers. Weekly sessions were designed specifically for Ukrainian women, whose shared experiences made the adjustment to life in Canada much easier. During the sessions, Ana took a leadership role and actively recruited other Ukrainian refugees who could benefit from the sessions. Today, Ana is still a leader in our perinatal sessions and is quickly improving her English.

“The Neighbourhood Group's dedication and efforts made a significant impact on my life. I will always be grateful for the welcoming support I received.”