Montreal, March 30, 2018 –Born from the desire to better answer the needs of families living in a context of vulnerability, La Maison Bleue has now been helping the people of the Saint-Michel neighborhood for a full year and can celebrate the success of its first months of services there. The establishment of this third La Maison Bleue is the result of a partnership between the NPO La Maison Bleue, the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Ïle-de-Montréal and the Family medicine group GMF-U Maisonneuve-Rosemont. It was made possible through a donation from the Fondation Marcelle et Jean Coutu and the support of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec.
Since its inauguration in March 2017, the multidisciplinary team followed 99 families and has done 81 pregnancy follow-ups. Mostly, 512 babies were born – including 2 sets of twins! – and will be followed by La Maison Bleue until they start school in 5 years. Counting siblings and partners, 244 individuals benefited of the integrated services and care in a warm and welcoming place, in the heart of their community.
Acting together to act better
As it’s already done in the two other locations, La Maison Bleue in Saint-Michel maintains links with other organizations in the area to refer its clientele and therefore making sure that families benefit from all the services they need to improve their well-being. “The new La Maison Bleue in Saint-Michel will anchors itself with existing services in this neighborhood known for the vitality of its community life, and helps fulfill the needs of a vulnerable population. By acting early, during pregnancy, our goal is to use this unique moment and intervene beyond medical care. Perinatal services become a lever to change the life trajectory of children for the better. As it’s the case for our
Côte-des-Neiges and Parc-Extension houses, our team is motivated by the desire to create safety nets and solidarity springboards for mothers and their families”, explains Amélie Sigouin, co-founder and executive director of the organization.
Acting as soon as pregnancy
La Maison Bleue offers an accessible approach that puts forward integrated services where by doctors, midwifes, nurses, social workers and specialized educators work together under on roof. This approach promotes a positive experience of pregnancy and optimal conditions for the growth of the baby and the development of the child. “La Maison Bleue, it’s like a fresh breeze in the my work week! We work with a devoted team, that is both involved and heat-warming, it gives meaning to our work. We meet families with tortuous journeys, that are quite the example of resiliency. I feel privileged to stand alongside all these great people, week after week! I hope I can give back to these parents and children as much as they bring me”, testifies Dr Laurin-Bérard, a family doctor at the Saint-Michel Maison Bleue.
Helping more families
La Maison Bleue is an efficient intervention model to support families living in a vulnerable situation and facing multiple and complex needs. Such needs persist elsewhere in Montréal and in Québec where 26% of children entering kindergarten are vulnerables in one or more develppment areas (source: Observatoire des tout-petits – Portrait 2017). People who wish to help out so more families can benefit from the integrated care and services of La Maison Bleue can support the cause by making a donation or by participating to our annual Gala that will take place May 31, 2018 at the Rialto, with Guylaine Tremblay, proud spokesperson of the organization since the beginning.
About La Maison Bleue
For more than 10 years, La Maison Bleue has been helping pregnant women and their families living in a context of vulnerability. The goal is to reduce social inequalities and promote and foster the optimal development of children, from their mother’s womb until the age of 5. The intervention model enhances the synergy of medical, psychosocial and education services brought together under one roof (family doctors, midwives, nurses, social workers, specialized educators and psychodeducators) for the benefit of mothers, newborns and their families. La Maison Bleue followed more than 4000 individuals since 2007 and now has three addresses in Montreal, in the Côte-des-Neiges, Parc-Extension and Saint-Michel neighborhoods.