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Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee

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Family Doctors—We Deliver

The Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee developed the video, Family Doctors—We Deliver, to increase awareness about the maternity care that family doctors provide including prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care, as well as newborn care. The video emphasizes the benefits of comprehensive and continuous care and may also inspire family medicine residents to provide maternity care when they begin practising. The Committee encourages members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to share the video with their colleagues.

Priority Topics for the Assessment of Competence in Intrapartum and Perinatal Care

Objectives for the assessment of competence in intrapartum and perinatal care
Allen L.T., Brailovsky C, Crichton T, Bethune C, Donoff M, et al. Defining competency-based evaluation objectives in family medicine: key-feature approach. Canadian Family Physician. 2011;57(10):e373-80.

Sustaining rural maternity and surgical care: Lessons learned
Kornelsen J, Iglesias S, Woollard R. Canadian Family Physician. January 2016; 62(1): 21–23.

Grow your Family with a Family Physician: Ontario College of Family Physicians’ information for women and their families with an overview of Family Practice Maternity Care, including what it means for the patients and family physicians.

Joint Position Paper on Rural Maternity Care: A position paper with evidence and progressive recommendations focused on providing quality maternity care to women across Canada, regardless if they live in urban, rural or remote communities; acknowledges the different requirements for effective maternity care for women who live in rural and remote locations from those in urban areas; addresses related safety issues, training requirements, and continuing professional education recommended for rural maternity care. Overall conclusion recommends collaborative care provided by physician organizations as well as nursing and midwifery organizations as the most effective delivery of prenatal, postnatal, and intrapartum periods.

Miller K, Couchie C, Ehman W, Graves L, Grzybowski S, Medves J et al. 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. 2012.

Contact the MIGS Program Coordinator for the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee to join at [email protected]

Who we are

The purpose of the Member Interest Groups Section (MIGS) Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee is:   

  • To represent the interests of all College of Family Physicians of Canada (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 MIGS of the issues relevant to these members
  • To advocate for the highest quality of medical care provided by family physicians in maternity and/or newborn care

Pregnancy and childbirth are pivotal events in the life cycle of a woman and a family. Family physicians strive to optimize the health, outcome and experience of the woman and the baby by providing a woman with family-centered maternity care. Family physicians balance their knowledge of the woman, her family and community with evidence, experience, and the location of care. As well as being committed to continuity of care, family physicians providing maternity care offer a broad spectrum of unique knowledge and technical expertise related to childbirth.

Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee Terms of Reference

Committee membership

  1. The Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee will be a Regional Committee with a Chair and one member from each of the CFPC’s five regions: British Columbia/Alberta; Saskatchewan/Manitoba; Ontario; Quebec; and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia/Newfoundland and Labrador). In addition, the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee may include a member residing in the Northwest Territories who may participate in meetings using electronic communications.
  2. When nationally accredited enhanced skills residency training programs (Postgraduate Year-3s) exist in Maternity and Newborn Care, an enhanced skills program director/coordinator will be a voting member of the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee.
  3. The Committee may also appoint up to three other members representing key areas of expertise (e.g. continuing medical education, teaching) as required.
  4. There must be at least one member on the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee representing family physicians with a broad scope comprehensive continuing care practice.
  5. There may be observer members.

General members linked to each special interest or focused practice program

  1. The Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee will maintain a list of all CFPC/MIGS members in good standing who have indicated their interest in the given area of care. As part of their memberships in the CFPC and the MIGS, these individuals will also be considered members of the CPFM Program with which they are aligned.
  2. Members of a MIGS Program may be CFPC members with part- or full-time commitments to, or an interest in, a given area of care.
  3. CFPC members may belong to any number of MIGS Programs. 

Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee

Chair

Dr. William Ehman, Chair

Members

Dr. Kevin Desmarais, Alberta, First Five Years in Family Practice representative

Dr. Sudha Koppula, Alberta

Dr. Amanda Loewy, Saskatchewan

Dr. Kate Miller, Ontario

Dr. Hannah Shenker, Quebec

Dr. Susan Avery, Atlantic provinces

Resident Representative

Observers

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) representative, Alberta

Elizabeth Brandeis, Canadian Association of Midwives, Ontario

Dr. Edith Guilbert, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, Quebec

Lucy Gilmore, Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women's Health Nurses, Ontario

Dr. Sarah Lesperance, Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, Nunavut

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) staff

Dr. Allan Grill, Physician Advisor, MIGS

Supported by the Programs and Practice Support Department

Contact the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee by email at [email protected]

Resources

The Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee provides relevant College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) material, web resources, papers and clinical practice guidelines to those with an interest in Maternity and Newborn Care.*

*Disclaimer: Most of the materials on this site have come from external sources. The CFPC is not responsible for the accuracy, or reliability of application of these materials. Users wishing to verify this information should consult directly with the identified sources. The information on this site does not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the CFPC.

Listservs

The Family Physician Maternity and Newborn Care (FPMNC) listserv discussion group was developed for CFPC members and family physicians involved with the Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine (CPFM). Contact the CPFM Program Coordinator for the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee to join at [email protected].

The Interprofessional Maternity and Newborn Care listserv is a discussion forum about maternity care issues and supports the Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee with informed advice from family physicians across Canada. While developed for family physicians engaged in maternity care, individuals from other disciplines involved in collaborative family medicine maternity care, education or research are welcome to join the list. Contact Dr. Michael Klein, the group moderator, to join.

Discussion papers

Best Advice Guide: Communities of Practice in the Patient’s Medical Home

Family Medicine Maternity Care: Implications for the Future
Biringer A, Maxted J, Graves L. A Discussion Paper of the Maternity and Newborn Care Committee. November 2009.

An Approach to Maternity Care Education for Canadian Family Medicine Residents
Graves L, Hutten-Czapski P. A Discussion Paper of the Maternity and Newborn Care Committee. 2006.

FASD: How fetal alcohol spectrum disorder impacts the life course trajectory of  children, teens and adults
Trusler M, Trusler K, Mousmanis P, Grier E, Graves L. Family Medicine Forum. 2014.

Joint Position Paper on Rural Maternity Care
Miller K, Couchie C, Ehman W, Graves L, Grzybowski S, Medves J et al. 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. 2012.

Training for Rural Family Practitioners in Advanced Maternity Skills and Cesarean Section
Joint Position Paper. College of Family Physicians of Canada, Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. May 1, 2003.

Privileging and Consultation in Maternity and Newborn Care—a position paper of the College of Family Physicians of Canada
Goluboff S, Reynolds L, Klein M, Handfield-Jones R. Maternity and Newborn Care Committee. April 23, 2003.

Intimate Partner Violence Assessment Tool
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Clinical Practice Guidelines. April 2005.

Intimate Partner Violence Consensus Statement
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Clinical Practice Guidelines. April 2005.

Related links

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)

L'Association des omnipraticiens en périnatalité du Québec (AOPQ)

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

Becoming Mothers: Experiences of Mothers with Physical Disabilities in Ontario

Canadian Association of Midwives

Nutrition for healthy term infants, birth to six months: An overview
Critch J. Canadian Paediatric Society Practice Point. Paediatric Child Health. 2013;18(4):206-7.

DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America)

Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines for Health Professionals: Gestational Weight Gain
Health Canada. December 29, 2014.

Infant Feeding
Health Canada. July 6, 2015.

Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants: Recommendations from Six to 24 Months
Health Canada. January 19, 2015.

North America Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)

Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines for Health Professionals: Gestational Weight Gain
Health Canada. December 29, 2014.

Report of the Working Group on Family Medicine Maternity Care Training
Mississauga, ON: Maternity and Newborn Care Program Committee Working Group; May 1, 2012.

Rourke Baby Record

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)

SOGC Clinical Practice Guidelines

Health Profile on Immigrant and Refugee Children and Youth in Canada
Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH) Profile. 2018.

Maternity Care Calendar

The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada

Zika virus: What does a physician caring for children in Canada need to know?
Robinson J. Canadian Paediatric Society Practice Point. Paediatric Child Health. 2017;22 (1): 48-51.

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