Starting in their second trimester, these mothers-to-be will get an additional $100 a month from the government, to a total of $600, to help pay for their extra expenses. (File photo)

Starting in their second trimester, these mothers-to-be will get an additional $100 a month from the government, to a total of $600, to help pay for their extra expenses. (File photo)

Pregnant moms on income supports to get more money from province

Pregnant Alberta mothers on AISH and other income supports will be getting more prenatal benefits from the provincial government.

Starting in their second trimester, these mothers-to-be will get an additional $100 a month from the government, to a total of $600, to help pay for their extra expenses.

Premier Jason Kenney said this money will be on top of a one-time natal benefit of $256 for expectant mothers at 36 weeks of pregnancy. The idea is to help vulnerable expectant mothers and their babies be healthier and have better long-term outcomes.

“Providing more support … is a positive, common-sense step and compassionate step,” added Kenney, noting inadequate support during pregnancy can effect a child’s health and life chances.

Jason Luan, Minister of Community and Social Services, said research shows, providing early support in a woman’s pregnancy can make a big difference to a child and mother’s health even later in life.

Dr. John Lilley, co-chair, Pregnancy Pathways, said “A little extra cash enables the mother and her support staff to pay for all things a baby needs” — a car seat, good nutrition and helps create a lower-stress home environment.

“The baby with a great start becomes a teen finishing high school and an adult with job skills,” Lilley added.

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