Encouraging & Equipping Parents
to continue your pregnancy and to parent is very
challenging. But with the support of caring people,
parenting classes, and other resources, many women find the
help they need to make this choice - and we have a lot of support available for you!
I was pregnant when I started the EWYL Program. It really helped me understand what was going on with my body and my developing baby. Like, I didn't know that babies played with their umbilical cord. How cool is that?
I am going to classes now to learn how to take care of (baby's name). I am learning about first aid and what to do when my baby is sick. I am learning about how to help her sleep through the night, and how to talk to her and comfort her. Most of all, I am learning what she needs from me.
- Alisha, EWYL Client
The program has completely changed my life and the way my children will be raised. Hopefully it will influence them when they are parents. The stuff I learned has actually helped in all the relationships in my life. It has helped me to understand my upbringing and how to break the cycle of poor parenting. I would be totally lost if I hadn't learned how important it is to give my daughters consistency, routines and that they need to have limits set for them. We use 1-2-3 magic and it is a God-send with Joseph. I recently found myself going through the homework looking for some information I needed with Rickki. One of the biggest, simplest things I've learned is to hug and touch my babies. Sounds so obvious, right.
Like, I didn't know how important eye contact is when they are little. I didn't know that they NEED to be touched and stroked and talked to. These things changed the way I parent my babies! I could tell from the very first day that I walked into the centre that my instructor genuinely cared about my babies and I. Through the months we developed a special bond and friendship that will carry through the years. We still talk, even though I am finished with the program, and she gives moral support and helps me with any issues I may have.
- Stephanie, EWYL Client
not come with a manual … it is a journey of the heart.
Thankfully, we are not alone in this journey and we can
help, support and learn from one another.
Imagine the possibilities in a world full of healthy
relationships. Our work is part of an international effort
to provide research, resources and services directly to
individuals and communities to support the development of
strong, healthy families and communities. We realize that if
we want young adults to make good, healthy choices, we need
to work within the context of the community in which they
live and within their families. We partner with local and
international organizations to help strengthen families and
To view (or
order free copies of) the Public Health Agency of Canada's
brochure "The Sensible Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" click