Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee

The purpose of the Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM) Maternity & Newborn Care Program is:   

  • To represent the interests of all CFPC members providing maternity and/or newborn care, including those for whom this is part of their broad scope family practice and those with a special interest or focused practice,
  • To ensure discussion and communication within the CFPC and its CPFM of the issues relevant to these members, and
  • To advocate for the highest quality of medical care provided by family physicians in maternity and/or newborn care.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

The Maternity & Newborn Care Program Committee is pleased to share our recently developed video with you.  The purpose of this video is to increase awareness that many family doctors provide all aspects of maternity care including prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, as well as newborn care, emphasizing the benefits of comprehensive and continuous care. The video may also inspire family medicine residents to provide maternity care when they begin practising. Please feel free to share this video with your colleagues.

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The Canadian Paediatric Society has released a new position statement on Newborn male circumcision.The updated statement is in line with the 1996 statement, which did not recommend routine circumcision of every newborn male. Here is the news release

NEW! Joint Position Paper on Rural Maternity Care

This position paper provides new evidence and progressive recommendations focused on providing quality maternity care to women across Canada, no matter if they live in urban, rural or remote communities. 

The report acknowledges the different requirements for effective maternity care for women who live in rural and remote locations than those in urban areas.  It addresses related safety issues, training requirements, and continuing professional education that are recommended for rural maternity care.  The overall conclusion recommends collaborative care provided by physician organizations as well as nursing and midwifery organizations is most effective for the effective delivery of prenatal, post natal and intrapartum periods. 

Produced with input from:
The Canadian Association of Midwives
The Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

See the full report.

Report on Family Medicine Maternity Care Training

In May 2012, the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee released the Report of the Working Group on Family Medicine Maternity Care Training.

It builds on the recommendations of a 2009 report and re-examines the suitability of current maternity care education and training in family medicine residency programs.  Recognizing the trends over recent years in the number of family physicians providing intrapartum care, the paper addresses the related issues while focusing on maintaining quality care for all patients. 

See the full report.

Any questions about the reports may be directed to the CPFM Program Coordinator.

Family Physician Maternity & Newborn Care listserv

We are pleased to introduce a new Listserv Discussion Group that has been developed for CFPC members and family physicians involved with the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM). This provides the best of both worlds! Where Listserv #1 provides an opportunity for collaborative discussion about maternity and newborn care with a broad range of health professionals, Listserv #2 provides a more focused clinical discussion group among family physician colleagues. College and SIFP members are welcome to participate in both Listservs as they wish. 

Any questions about the FPMNC Listserv, and requests to join may be sent to the CPFM Program Coordinator for the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee.

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