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SOGC Calls for National Framework for Maternal Mortality Data Collection

SOGC Media Release

June 14, 2024 | Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

EDMONTON, AB: The death of any one woman as a result of pregnancy or childbirth is too many, yet Canada is not doing enough to take steps that could prevent such tragedies.

Canada has long prided itself on an enviably low rate of maternal mortality, but recent reports have shown some worrisome trends. A growing body of research out of the United States suggests maternal mental health conditions are a leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S., with more than 80 per cent of these deaths being deemed preventable by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control. Some new studies in Canada have also been finding links between mental health conditions and pregnancy and maternal mortality.

Today, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is holding a Maternal Mortality Summit in Edmonton, Alta. to shine a spotlight on the concerning gaps in information and to share experiences, information and resources. Physicians and experts in maternal and perinatal health from across Canada will provide vital information about activities across Canada in hopes of effecting important change.

Canada does not currently have a national approach to tracking, reviewing and collecting information on maternal deaths, near misses and severe morbidity. We lack hard targets for maternal mortality reduction and our current data collection mechanisms do not sufficiently capture the prevalence of deaths. We also lack information about racial disparities, particularly for Black and Indigenous women. International efforts to capture pregnancy-related information have demonstrated the value of data collection, management and surveillance systems in improving maternal health outcomes.

As the national voice for women’s health, the SOGC is calling for a national framework for standardized collection and surveillance of maternal mortality and morbidity data in Canada. We urge the federal government to take a leadership role in encouraging and assisting provinces and territories to collect, standardize and share detailed datasets on maternal deaths, perinatal mental health and maternal morbidity.

“No woman should be afraid of dying when they get a positive pregnancy test in Canada. All health systems can and must do better to ensure pregnant women and new mothers are getting the care they need and deserve. We urge the federal government to assist in efforts from the provinces and territories for data collection on maternal mortality and morbidity – an essential step to improving maternal health outcomes and providing equitable care for all women in Canada.” — Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck, President, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

Media Inquiries:
Kelsey MacDonald

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

June 14, 2024
SOGC Calls for National Framework for Maternal Mortality Data Collection
 

Federal health minister delivers powerful speech at SOGC conference

Canada's Minister of Health, Hon. Mark Holland, joined the SOGC at our annual clinical and scientific conference, the ACSC, this week in Edmonton. He delivered a powerful speech on contraception and sexual health. His remarks underscored the importance of open dialogue about sexuality and strengthened the case for universal contraception for women in Canada.

June 13, 2024
Federal health minister delivers powerful speech at SOGC conference
 

SOGC Statement on Coerced Sterilization

June 12, 2024 | Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

OTTAWA, ON: The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) unequivocally condemns the practice of coerced sterilization. We believe that all physicians must ensure that free, prior and informed consent is obtained for any medical procedure, particularly those involving permanent contraception. A woman’s choice of contraception should be made by the woman herself based on information regarding safety, effectiveness and accessibility. Her personal beliefs, culture, preferences and ability to use her chosen method must be respected.

In 2019, the SOGC issued an opinion with clear recommendations for obstetricians and gynecologists on non-coercive contraceptive care. This was in response to the systemic racism revealed in the tragic treatment of Joyce Echaquan and the subsequent truth and reconciliation process. We acknowledge ongoing systemic barriers and racism in Canada’s health care system and recognize our responsibility to address these issues.

The SOGC has taken steps to educate and facilitate dialogue with health care providers who provide sexual and reproductive health services in Canada and abroad. Our clinical education programming now includes discussions on the enduring impacts of historic harms against Indigenous Peoples and on fostering an inclusive and equitable health care environment. We have also engaged in international dialogue on reproductive health consent among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis patients, including at a conference hosted by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).

Through our SOGC Women’s Health Podcast, we promote coercion-free contraceptive care and the benefits of safe, voluntary family planning. We also testified at the Senate Standing Senate Committee On Legal And Constitutional Affairs on Bill S-250, which proposes to amend the Criminal Code regarding coerced sterilization.

The SOGC firmly believes that all women, regardless of education level, socioeconomic status or ethnic origin must have autonomy in making the decision to undergo permanent contraception. Physicians have an ethical obligation to embody the principle of “first, do no harm.” This involves creating a health care environment that feels safe and inclusive for all. It also means approaching conversations about all contraception options with cultural humility, cultural sensitivity and compassion. Respecting a woman’s autonomy regarding her decisions about the form of birth control she wants or needs requires non-directive, non-judgmental counselling that places the patient's wishes at the center of care.

The SOGC remains committed to promoting contraception care care that respects the dignity, autonomy and rights of all women, ensuring their decisions are truly informed and respected.

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

June 12, 2024
SOGC Statement on Coerced Sterilization
 

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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.

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                 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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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.
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