Joint position paper on training for rural family practitioners in advanced maternity skills and Cesarean section.

1999 Oct.
College of Family Physicians of Canada, Society of Rural Physicians of Canada,Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

All women in Canada deserve timely access to advanced maternity care. In urban Canada this is usually a given. For the approximately one third of Canadian women who spend their pregnancies in rural Canada, access can be a serious challenge. Most rural communities are too small and remote to sustain specialist obstetric and anesthetic services for operative birth. There is a need to sustain and restore the availability of advanced maternity care in rural Canada. Advanced maternity skilis, including operative birth, can be incorporated into the scope of family practice.  Well-trained FPs who perform cesarean sections can produce satisfactory outcomes.  Communities with local access to advanced maternity skills can sustain local maternity services. 

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