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SOGC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

Original date: December 18th, 2020
Revised and reaffirmed date: March 14, 2022

CONSENSUS STATEMENTS:

  1. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended during pregnancy in any trimester and while breastfeeding
  2. All available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Presently, preference is given for the use of mRNA vaccinations during pregnancy as more data on safety and efficacy during pregnancy is available for these vaccines.
  3. The SOGC recommends following provincial and territorial guidelines on type of vaccine to prioritize for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.
  4. Individuals should not be precluded from vaccination based on pregnancy status or breastfeeding.
  5. Given that pregnant people are at increased risk of morbidity from COVID-19 infection, all pregnant persons should be prioritized to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccinations are an important part of primary and preventative healthcare for pregnant women. The benefit of vaccination during pregnancy for the infant (e.g. pertussis and influenza) is recognized and recommendation of these vaccinations is part of routine prenatal care.

Read the statement HERE


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March 14, 2022
SOGC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy
 

SOGC Stands with the People and Health Care Providers in Ukraine

March 10, 2022

The SOGC is deeply saddened by the news that a maternity hospital in Ukraine was the target of a Russian bombing. Three people, including a child, have died and 17 mothers and staff are injured. This atrocious act of violence is a violation of the human right to health.

“Bombing a maternity hospital should never go unmentioned,” says SOGC CEO Dr. Diane Francoeur. “It is barbaric to force women to hide in basements and subways to protect the lives of their children. This escalation of atrocities must stop.”

The SOGC is aware of the global disparity in equitable health care and safety protocol for women, especially during times of war and civil unrest. Health is a human right and women everywhere should be afforded access to the quality care they need. This has not been the first attack on health care facilities during this war - health care providers and people seeking care should not be targeted.  

The SOGC condemns any attack on health care facilities and calls for protection for these vulnerable people and their health care providers.

 

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Read the statement PDF HERE

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March 10, 2022
SOGC Stands with the People and Health Care Providers in Ukraine
 

SOGC Statement on IUC Self-Removal Trend on Social Media

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports reproductive choice for all Canadians. This includes the ability to freely choose, access, and use an individual’s contraceptive method of choice, as well as to discontinue a method of contraception.

While there have been reports of women removing their own intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs), the SOGC recommends that individuals who wish to discontinue use of their IUC (or contraceptive implant) visit a health care provider to avoid potential complications that could occur with self-removal, to ensure safe removal, and to discuss future contraceptive choices if desired.

As there is a lot of medical misinformation on social media, the SOGC encourages anyone with questions about their health and contraceptive choices to consult their health care provider. We also remind those creating content for social media to be mindful of the images and information you are sharing and to consider your personal and cyber safety when posting images and videos of yourself.

Timely access to all contraceptive services, including IUC or contraceptive implant insertion and removal should be a priority for health care providers and policymakers.

Read the statement HERE.

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November 29, 2021
SOGC Statement on IUC Self-Removal Trend on Social Media
 

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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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.

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.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation requests received within 30 days of registration (without accessing the online content) will be refunded minus an administration cost of 25% of the total course fee.
  • For cancellation requests received more than 30 days from registration or after accessing the online material, the course fee is non-refundable.

All cancellations requests must be made in writing to the SOGC and sent by email to [email protected]

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ALARM Courses
Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

ALARM Courses

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).

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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].

Upcoming Courses

We have also developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register for ALARM virtual, please click here.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

 

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

 

Montreal, QC - June 17, 2022 (French only)

Please submit your application for the course using this link.

Selected applicants will be invited to register. Payment will be processed at registration.

 

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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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Upcoming events

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June 7 - 10
Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2022
 
June 7 - 10
Virtual Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2022
 

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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