Time for an Alliance between Rural Perinatal Service Providers

Rural maternity and surgical care is facing a crisis. There is a growing recognition of the need and desire to keep rural women closer to home for their maternity care. However, responding to this desire is impeded in British Columbia – and throughout rural and remote areas of Canada – due to increased attrition of rural maternity and surgical services over the past few decades. In their newly released commentary “Rural Perinatal Surgical Services: Time for an Alliance Between Providers,” Dr. Jude Kornelsen, Dr. Stuart Iglesias, and Dr. Robert Woollard discuss how the sustainability of rural maternity care can be preserved through the Family Physicians with Enhanced Surgical Skills (FPESS) program and the creation of a “network of care.” The authors argue that a network model should be adopted in order to build genuine relationships that will lead to the collaborative commitment of servicing rural areas in need of maternity care.

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