The Revelstoke Maternity Project is researching ways to enhance local maternity care. With many rural communities losing access to these services, Revelstoke’s maternity care providers are more passionate than ever about finding ways to continue to provide patient-centred care in town while improving the quality and variety of services offered, wherever possible.
In the spring of 2019, we asked women to complete a survey (online or on paper) in order to help us better understand the experiences and needs of local mothers. We received a tremendous response from the community and WE HEARD YOU! As a part of this ongoing conversation, we now invite you to participate in a COMMUNITY FORUM focused on maternity care in Revelstoke.
The Forum will be an interactive event where participants can share their local maternity care experiences, express their concerns and talk about the changes they would like to see with respect to the maternity services in town.
The event will be facilitated by rural health researcher Dr. Jude Kornelsen.
The evening will begin with a presentation by Dr. Kornelsen, who will provide education on the unique challenges in providing rural maternity care, information on Revelstoke in the provincial context and an opportunity to learn about the maternity service struggles and successes in other similar-sized communities across British Columbia.
From there the conversation will be guided by the community.
We strongly believe that Revelstoke’s maternity care services should meet the needs of local women and their community. The Forum is part of a larger body of work, through which we hope to identify a way to provide the care Revelstoke women want in a way that supports women’s choices while providing effective, sustainable and personalized care.
The Maternity Care Community Forum is being hosted at the Revelstoke Community Centre, located at 600 Campbell Ave in Revelstoke, BC. We will be located in multipurpose room #3. The event starts at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019.
The Revelstoke Maternity Group has been successful in obtaining funding from Shared Care BC as a part of a initiative aimed at fostering better interprofessional collaboration (IPC) in maternity care. Research has shown that this collaborative style of practice increases access and quality of care for pregnant women, and enhances the satisfaction and retention of care providers.
In recent years, many rural and remote areas of British Columbia have lost access to their maternity care services. This often means that pregnant women must travel, sometimes great distances, in order to receive basic maternity care. With just 80-100 births per year, Revelstoke is considered a very small community. Having surgically trained physicians and anesthesiologists in our community increases a woman’s ability to deliver locally.
While we are fortunate to have exceptional healthcare providers in town, The Revelstoke Maternity Project is aware that local women would like to see changes. It is our hope that through research, collaboration and community engagement, we can find ways to improve the quality and diversity of care offered here in a sustainable way.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our work.
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