In four months, nearly 14,000 women have already completed a pregnancy notification, a brand new government program aimed at providing aftercare from the first trimester.
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“It’s a huge step forward that we’ve been able to set up this brand new program that is a gateway to all types of services that pregnant women need,” notes Dr.D Chantal Lacroix, General Practitioner and Medical Advisor to the Public Health Department.
Many women are unpleasantly surprised early in pregnancy to learn that their GP does not provide follow-up care, some uncomfortable with this at a time when there are very specialized checkups and many late pregnancies.
However, screening for trisomy or HIV in the mother can be done in the first trimester – which can minimize the risk of the baby being affected as well.
In this pregnancy notification program, the pregnant woman is put in contact with a worker who puts her in touch with a general practitioner, gynaecologist, midwife or specialist nurse.
This saves everyone from long and sometimes fruitless research, which is particularly complicated if you have not immigrated for a short time, observes the DD the cross.
The service is also offered in 11 languages. Currently, 1,025 professionals have responded to perform pregnancy follow-up visits.
80,000 births per year
There are approximately 80,000 births per year in Quebec. According to Annie Motard-Bélanger, Health Department’s Perinatal and Early Childhood Coordinator, the 13,710 women who have signed up for four months is already a great start. “We knew we wouldn’t reach all women right away, but we want to that it’s becoming a societal norm for everyone to say, ‘I’m pregnant, I’m going to sign up’. »
Therefore, a communication campaign with the population as well as with professionals will be continued. Since the service launched, around 56,000 visitors have consulted the My Pregnancy website, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
At the end of the day, do the women who sign up really all have a following? Annie Motard-Bélanger replies that she does not have precise data on that but that it is for the intervener to make sure.
A long-awaited service
This service has long been requested by professionals who were concerned that so many women could not find a professional to ensure their pregnancy went smoothly.
It was also one of the first recommendations of the Laurent Commission, created after the tragic death of the little girl from Granby.
Quebec hopes to reach women who are particularly at risk, but the idea is that all women register, also to promote the organization of care, among other things.
The social worker is tasked with assessing whether the pregnant woman needs special programs beyond medical follow-up, whether she lives in poverty, whether she feels isolated, whether she needs meal vouchers during pregnancy, etc.
With Alice Girard-Bossé, The press
- Percentage of Montreal women who did not have postnatal care in the first trimester
Source: STUDY BY ROXANE BORGÈS DA SILVA AND MIKE BENIGERI, ANALYSIS OF THE DELAY IN FIRST PREGNANCY SURVEILLANCE AS PART OF THE MONTREAL PREGNANCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT (2020)