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The Maternal Child Health program was formed so that all pregnant women and families with infants and young children, who live on Reserve, would be supported to reach their fullest potential within their own Aboriginal community. It provides support, information and linkages to services for pregnant women and families with infants and young children allowing them to care for themselves. This program includes home visits by Nurses and Family Visitors, as well as coordinating access to services for children with special needs. Home visits have been linked with improving parenting skills and quality of home environments, improved cognitive development of infants and young children and decreased incidence of unintentional injury. These visits have also improved detection and management of postpartum depression, improve rates of breast feeding and enhanced quality of social supports to mothers. The MCH program builds on other community programs which are important to pregnant women and families with infants and young children such as the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) program, Nursing Services, Oral Health and the Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve (AHSOR) program.