La Maison Bleue :
The opportunity for a new life

La Maison Bleue is born from the desire to do things differently to promote the optimal development of children by intervening with pregnant women. For more than 10 years, it is a whole “village” of mutual help that has been built around families living in the situations of vulnerability. La Maison Bleue has followed over 4000 people (mothers, babies, siblings, spouses) since 2007 and has now three houses in Montreal Côtes-des-Neiges, Parc-Extension and Saint-Michel).

Our History

At the beginning of the 2000’s, family medicine obstetrics and health professionals of the CSSS de la Montagne, among others felt frustrated to not have a real impact on the lives of families in situations of vulnerability that they served. The health system is struggling to reach out to these families and maintain a significant link with them, which renders precarious their access to the psychosocial and health services that they need, as well as their access to preventive interventions, which require continuity.

Dr Vania Jimenez, family medicine obstetrics and Amélie Sigouin, an early childhood practitioner decided to create a non-profit (NPO) and a charitable organization, La Maison Bleue, and to integrate doctors, professionals from the CISSS de la Montagne and UMF Côte-des-Neiges, in a hybrid structure offering more freedom and flexibility.

Photo © Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

Our History

At the beginning of the 2000’s, family medicine obstetrics and health professionals of the CSSS de la Montagne, among others felt frustrated to not have a real impact on the lives of families in situations of vulnerability that they served. The health system is struggling to reach out to these families and maintain a significant link with them, which renders precarious their access to the psychosocial and health services that they need, as well as their access to preventive interventions, which require continuity.

Dr Vania Jimenez, family medicine obstetrics and Amélie Sigouin, an early childhood practitioner decided to create a non-profit (NPO) and a charitable organization, La Maison Bleue, and to integrate doctors, professionals from the CISSS de la Montagne and UMF Côte-des-Neiges, in a hybrid structure offering more freedom and flexibility.

Photo © Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

La Maison Bleue : our 3 locations

2007, the first La Maison Bleue in Côte-des-Neiges

The first La Maison Bleue was established in May 2007, in the Côte-des-Neiges borough in Montreal to stop the isolation of pregnant women living in situations of vulnerability and to provide them with the necessary tools so that their child could be born and raised in the most favorable conditions for his or her development.

Inspired by the courage of these mothers, the founders created a home for them and their families. This home brings together a “village”, a support network consisting of health and social services professionals (family doctors, midwife, nurse, social worker, specialized educator, psychoeducator), therapists and volunteers to offer pregnant women and their families a welcoming environment where they can access health care and services provided by an intervention model built on a human scale.

2011: A second house in Parc-Extension

Empowered by the recognition and success, a second La Maison Bleue opened in May 2011 to welcome families from the Montreal Parc-Extension borough, at the request of the CSSS de la Montagne which witnessed the effectiveness and efficiency of this approach in delivering the services that this population significantly needs.

2017: The last born in Saint-Michel

In 2017, La Maison Bleue celebrated its 10th anniversary and inaugurated a third La Maison Bleue in the Saint-Michel borough thanks to a donation from the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation and the recurrent support announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The inauguration of this new La Maison Bleue in March 2017 is an opportunity to highlight the support of the essential partners in this project, namely the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and the Family Medicine Group – Maisonneuve-Rosemont family medicine unit. This third site, developed in a completely new institutional context, not only strengthens the sustainability of the model, but also its replicability and export potential outside of the metropolitan area.