Birth and Parent Companion Program
The Birth and Parent Companion Program (BPCP) is an award-winning prenatal and parenting support program designed to help build healthier families and stronger communities.
Our goal is for families to feel empowered, informed and confident throughout, labour and delivery, and parenthood.
We provide one-on-one prenatal, labour/delivery, postnatal and parenting support to marginalized and at risk families in the Ottawa area. Our support increases the knowledge of additional support services in our community, provides referrals where necessary, helps to build confidence and self-efficacy in parenting, and provides opportunities for families to connect with one another.
Our clientele includes but is not limited to families who are new to Canada, young parents, single parents, those living in the shelter system, receiving financial assistance, those with mental health and substance use challenges, abuse survivors and many more. An extensive telephone intake is conducted with program staff to determine eligibility based on the family’s income and level of support.
BPCP volunteers are extensively screened and trained to provide non biased information and referrals, as well as nonjudgmental, culturally sensitive, physical and emotional support to the families we serve.
The Birth Companion Program receives generous community support and is funded in part by the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Early Years Centre and the United Way.