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 [email protected]

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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Rourke Record App
Parents often wonder about their child’s health, growth and development, leading to the question: "Is my child healthy and growing and developing normally?" The Rourke Baby Record Parent Resource Mobile App is a place where parents can find parent-friendly resources to help answer your questions about your child. This App is meant to supplement the information that you get at your Family Doctor or Primary Care Provider’s office at each of your children’s well child visits.

Components of the App:
You can browse “By Age” of your child, using the links that will bring you to information about “Feeding and Growth”, “Keeping Baby Safe”, “Development” and “Advice”. These will bring you to reliable resources about normal child growth and development, along with information on common health topics such as feeding, injury prevention, vaccinations, and some common illnesses.

Other Resources:
Here you can link to other website commonly sited by the Rourke Baby Record Parent Resources. To use this function in your app, you will need Internet or data access, as it will link you externally to Safari on your phone.

Visit Tracker:
The Visit Tracker portion of the Rourke Baby Record Mobile Application allows you to keep a record on your phone of each of your children’s growth. It allows you to plot their height, weight and head circumference, as provided to you at your well child visits by their physician or primary care provider, and track their growth on the World Health Organization Growth Charts.

Download the App:
The Rourke Baby Record Mobile App is now available on the iTunes store for iOS. Search “Rourke Baby Record”. We are developing the app to be compatible with other platforms, including Android!

Support and Acknowledgements:
The RBR Parent Resources Mobile Application has been created by the Rourke Baby Record. The Rourke Baby Record (or RBR for short) is a system that many Canadian doctors and other healthcare professionals use for well-baby and well-child visits for infants and children from 1 week to 5 years of age. It includes forms (Guides I to IV) for charting the well-baby visits.

If you are curious about the RBR, you can see a PDF Copy at

You can also enter the Health Professional RBR website which is designed for the doctor or other healthcare professional that cares for your child. 

The RBR Parent Resources Mobile Application and this series of information sheets have been created by Dr. Laura Butler, MD, BSc, and Dr. Heidi Wells, MD, BSc, and the RBR authors (Drs. L. Rourke, D. Leduc and J. Rourke). Two MUN Summer Undergraduate Research Awards, and MUN Professional Development and Conferencing Services have supported these projects. Support for the RBR includes the Province of Ontario through McMaster University's Offord Centre, and MUN's Dr. W. Ingram Award. Licensing contributions for RBR electronic medical record use go to the MUN RBR Development Fund.

As evidence-based information is constantly changing, the Rourke Baby Record and these recommendations should be used as a guide only

Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Promotion Network (MNCHP) 
Special bulletin containing a comprehensive list of resources which may be useful to service providers who work with Syrian refugees.
Researchers find breastfeeding is best for babies and global economy
Guidelines for the Implementation of Mother-Child Units in Canadian Correctional Facilities 
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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