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Maternity

Overview

The future of primary maternity care in Canada has become a topic of considerable discussion and concern in recent years. Maternity care providers, including family physicians,obstetricians and registered midwives, report eroding trust and challenging communication, and women at various stages of pregnancy are experiencing unclear and inconsistent maternity care throughout their journey.

To support spread of successful work to improve maternity care in BC, Shared Care has initiated a new ‘spread network’ to support an Interprofessional Collaborative Approach (IPC) to care. Interprofessional collaborative (IPC) practice has been widely promoted as an effective and efficient way to increase access for women to quality care and to improve provider  satisfaction and retention. 

The Work So Far

  • An Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Workshop was held in May 2017 with 75 GPs, Obstetricians and Registered Midwives. A report on the proceedings and links to resources can be found HERE
  • Sixteen communities are now part of the Maternity Network: 3 communities led the work - Comox, Kootenay Boundary, South Okanagan; seven communities joined in 2017 - Nanaimo, Surrey/North Delta, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Squamish, East Kootenay Region and Kamloops, and six communities joined in early 2018 - Sunshine Coast, Victoria, Revelstoke, Central Interior, Powell River, Campbell River/North Island
  • A comprehensive toolkit has been developed to support local communities to apply the IPC approach and make improvements to maternity care locally (see link above)
  • The development of a Maternity Community of Practice has also begun.

evaluation

South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice/Shared Care Steering Committee - April 2013 - Funding support received for a primary care maternity care project to develop a sustainable model of primary care - one that kept all provider groups practicing and was supportive of patient choice.You can read an evaluation of the project HERE

What’s Next

  • Development, trialing and implementation of community-developed solutions.
  • Continued development of a Maternity Community of Practice
  • Engagement of new communities to spread the IPC approach
  • Provincial IPC event in early 2019.
  • Evaluation of the initiative

CONTACT

Nancy Falconer, Shared Care Liaison

nfalconer@doctorsofbc.ca