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young woman looking at cameraCeline adjusted to motherhood and life in Canada through our Newcomer Services and partnership with a doula service

When Celine arrived in Canada, she came with expectations of a better life. But she wasn’t prepared for how difficult the transition would be, especially with a new baby on the way.

“I didn’t have money or support here for my baby and I was so worried. I started going to a program for pregnant women and new mothers. The weekly workshops taught me about nutrition, breastfeeding, community and financial resources. And Newcomer Services staff helped me with clothes and other things I needed for my baby. They also introduced me to a doula through Birth Mark.”

Birth Mark is a non-profit organization that connects vulnerable women to a doula, a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, and provides emotional and physical support. Our partnership with Birth Mark helps them develop innovative services for new mothers, like car seat-lending to help bring newborns safely from the hospital, or expanding interpretation to more than 10 languages.

“Thanks to The Neighbourhood Group, I now feel Canada is my home. I know where to turn to get the help that I need and I gained the confidence I needed to be a successful mom.”