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SOGC President comments on CBC story highlighting new trend in postnatal care

A new ‘postnatal retreat' has opened in Canada, following a trend in some Asian countries of offering comprehensive care for newborns and their parents for a price.

Dr. Amanda Black says said it's unlikely Canada's public health-care system would ever replicate this model but suggested the business could serve as a starting point for a broader conversation.

Read full CBC article here

May 17, 2024
SOGC President comments on CBC story highlighting new trend in postnatal care
 

SOGC Launches Menopause Matters Bulletin

Explore the world of menopause with the inaugural edition of the SOGC’s Menopause Matters Bulletin.

Curated by renowned menopause expert Dr. Michelle Jacobson and featuring Dr. Susan Goldstein, this bulletin introduces the revolutionary Menopause Quick Six (MQ6) assessment tool. Dive into practical, quick, and effective strategies for managing menopause symptoms and enhancing health.

Download the Menopause Matters Bulletin Here.

At the SOGC, Menopause Matters.

May 9, 2024
SOGC Launches Menopause Matters Bulletin
 

Better data, more resources needed to address gaps in maternal mental health in Canada

May 1, 2024 | Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

OTTAWA, ON: A growing body of evidence is showing a concerning rise in the number of new mothers in Canada struggling with mental health conditions who may not be getting the help they need.

A variety of factors are playing a role, but ultimately more focused attention on the importance of maternal and perinatal mental health is needed to address key gaps in resources and data collection to fully recognize and address the scope of the problem in Canada.

May is recognized as Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month in Canada – a time dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of mental health support for new parents. This month, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) wishes to highlight that maternal and perinatal mental health is a constant and significant public health concern that can have devastating consequences for pregnant and postpartum mothers, their infants and their families.

Perinatal mental health issues are under-diagnosed and under-treated in Canada. But health providers lack a full understanding of exactly how many mothers are struggling, why they may not be accessing help and what resources are available – or not – across the country. This is due to a fragmented data collection system, ongoing stigma, privacy barriers and a lack of attention to this important issue in Canada.

The SOGC is urging the federal government to place a greater priority on perinatal mental health and to take a leadership role in getting provinces and territories to improve and standardize their maternal mental health and mortality data collection practices. Without better data, it is impossible to understand the prevalence of perinatal mental illness in Canada. A national approach to perinatal mental health – including provincial and territorial co-operation and strategies – would help to identify opportunities for prevention and intervention, to make accurate and effective decisions related to resources allocation, capacity, and healthcare delivery models.

The SOGC and its members are actively engaged in finding solutions and shining a light on this important public health issue. Later this year, the SOGC will release new clinical practice guidelines to provide guidance to all health care providers assisting new parents to better identify and refer perinatal mental illness and mood disorders.

This June, the SOGC is also hosting a Summit on the Prevention of Maternal Mortality to share vital information about activities across Canada focused on the prevention of maternal mortality – the most dire outcome associated with perinatal mental illness.

“Canada needs strong leadership, sustained commitment from all stakeholders, adequate resources and, most importantly, recognition of perinatal mental health as a priority. The lives and wellbeing of our mothers, children and families are at stake.” – Dr. Diane Francoeur, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

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Media Inquiries:

Kelsey MacDonald
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
[email protected]
613-730-4192 x 228

Download the SOGC Maternal Mental Awareness Month Press Release

May 1, 2024
Better data, more resources needed to address gaps in maternal mental health in Canada
 

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to lead the advancement of women’s health through excellence and collaborative professional practice.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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SOGC Guidelines and JOGC
About the JOGC The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world.

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About the JOGC

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

We are excited to announce that starting January 2022, the JOGC will transition into an online-only publication in an effort to reduce its environmental footprint while remaining a valuable benefit to SOGC members.

 
Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

 

SOGC Online Courses

 

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.

 

Already Registered for a course? Visit your account here to access the Online Learning Platform.

 

 
ALARM Courses
ALARM - Advances in Labour and Risk Management Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)

                 The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.

The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase the PDF ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

Partnership with CFPC

The SOGC is proud to partner with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) to offer the ALARM course to Family Physicians Residents across the country. 

 

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The SOGC is the leading voice in women's health in Canada. We are a strong and vibrant society with an active and growing membership. We are here to support you in providing the best care possible to women in Canada and around the world. That's why so many health care providers have become members of the SOGC. Let us be your partner in practice.

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June 10 - 14
Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2024
 
June 11 - 28
Virtual Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2024
 
October 21 - November 22
FMC du Québec 2024 Virtuelle
 
October 21 - 22
FMC du Québec 2024
 

Public Education Resources

The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

Providing the public with the information needed to make informed health decisions removes one barrier to improved health.

SexandU.ca

Rated one of the top 5 e-health projects in the world, SexandU.ca provides credible and up-to-date sexual health information for teens, adults, parents, teachers, and health care providers.

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Brand Recognition Program

The SOGC Brand Recognition Program aims to assist Canadian consumers to make informed choices when selecting over-the-counter products. 

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