Welcome to Sanctum Care Group

Sanctum 1.5

Sanctum 1.5 is a 10-bed prenatal care home which supports high-risk and HIV positive pregnant women at risk of having their infants apprehended at birth.

Sanctum’s vision is to provide a community for individuals requiring supportive care to attain their optimum level of health, while maximizing their control and dignity. Incorporating existing community services in Sanctum’s safe and supportive environment, the prenatal home will work preventively to meet the health and social needs of these women more effectively and efficiently which will improve the health and wellbeing of mom and baby while also mitigating the risks associated with apprehensions of infants at birth.

Through the collaboration of health and child welfare, Sanctum 1.5 will reduce the financial burden on the healthcare system and more importantly the long-term detrimental impacts on children involved with the foster care system. Sanctum 1.5 will achieve this by eliminating the current fragmented model of care provided to high risk and HIV positive prenatal mothers by incorporating the right services at the right time to allow for the necessary health and social interventions to have the most effective outcomes

Sanctum 1.5 will provide and facilitate:

  • A holistic home like environment for both mother and baby (Mothers can enter the program at any stage of their pregnancy and will be able to return to Sanctum 1.5 from hospital with their babies for an additional 3 months)
  • Physician support (prenatal and pediatrics)
  • EAT SLEEP CONSOLE (non-pharmacological approach to treating Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in infants)
  • Intensive family support
  • Intensive HIV Case Management
  • Medication management
  • Connection with detox services
  • Methadone assisted recovery
  • Healthy Mother Healthy Baby
  • Elder support
  • Parenting skills and mentorship
  • Peer support
  • Life skills
  • Access to housing supports
  • Spiritual care
  • Mental health and addiction outreach services
  • Family planning
  • Transitional planning and support (mothers and their children will have access to housing and support for an additional year post discharge from Sanctum 1.5) 

Referral Criteria

Women must be pregnant and any of the following:

    1. HIV positive or
    2. At risk of contracting HIV while pregnant (Injection drug use etc.)
    3. And At risk of having their child apprehended at birth (substance misuse, mental health, homeless, exposed to violence, other children in care etc.)
    4. Resident of Saskatchewan

One Year in Operation


Saskatoon - Sanctum 1.5
is Canada’s first HIV and high-risk pre-and-postnatal Home.
Sanctum 1.5 has been open for one year today.

In just one year, Sanctum 1.5 has supported the mothers of 21 babies to allow them to safely care for their children and to avoid apprehension at birth. 

In one year:

  • 23 mothers have been offered the opportunity to parent their babies
  • 13 have transitioned out of the program and at this time there are currently 10 in the program
  • 21 babies have been born, 17 are living with their mothers in the community or are currently residing at Sanctum with their mothers
  • Sanctum provided support to mothers in the planning and placement of 4 babies with family rather than those babies entering the foster care system.
  • All babies are healthy and no vertical transmission of HIV
  • Nurturing care has been given to each baby as they have formed strong attachment, reducing harm and empowering mothers to give their children the best start in life.
  • Sanctum 1.5 is the first place in the world to implement Eat Sleep Console care model on an outpatient basis. This is a nonpharmacological approach to treating neo- natal abstinence syndrome, it has been implemented successfully with all babies in the care of Sanctum 1.5
  • Sanctum 1.5 has achieved 100% on its outcomes because of the inter-agency and multidisplicary support provided by a committed team of Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Nurse Practitioners, The Westside Community Clinic, The Saskatoon Society for the Protection of Children, The Saskatchewan Health Authority, The Ministry of Social Services and many other community partners

Keeping children with their parents is best for their healthy development and well-being. Research indicates that the ‘brain development of infants depends on a loving bond with a primary caregiver, usually a parent’ (Winston and Chicot). At Sanctum 1.5, mothers not only bond with their babies, they learn how to thrive, while parenting their children.

This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Social Services, Ministry of Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority, RUH Foundation, the community and Sanctum Care Group’s major fundraiser, Sanctum Survivor.

For more information, contact:
Katelyn Roberts, Executive Director, Sanctum Care Group
katelynroberts@sanctumcaregroup.com / 306-717-4867

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