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Provincial Committees


The Provincial Perinatal and Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee is designated in British Columbia (Regulation 363/95, paragraph (c) of 51(1) of the Evidence Act) for the purpose of quality review of perinatal, neonatal, and maternal morbidity and mortality. The committee studies and investigates maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity to identify provincial issues and recommend strategies to address these concerns.


The Maternal Newborn Transfer Network examines utilization and transfer issues within the perinatal network. Members review transfer data to establish trends and transfer patterns. The committee is responsible for guiding principles and processes for acute, low-risk, and repatriation of maternal and newborn transfers.


 

The Provincial Perinatal Guidelines Committee provides oversight to perinatal guideline development, including a guideline production plan, quality requirements, and monitoring progress of working committees. The committee also provides advice/oversight to guideline implementation and evaluation.


 

The Prenatal Genetic Screening Advisory Committee provides opinion, analysis, and direction to the BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program (PGSP) regarding possible issues, concerns, and challenges that may arise involving the provision of prenatal genetic screening and diagnostic testing in BC. The committee oversees and ensures that the PGSP is meeting its mandate.


 

The Newborn Screening Advisory Committee establishes newborn screening standards, policies, and guidelines. The committee regularly reviews disorders for which infants could potentially be screened according to an agreed upon framework; advises the Newborn Screening Program on the implementation, modification, and where necessary, the cessation of newborn screening tests; monitors, reviews, and responds to emerging clinical evidence and research in newborn screening; and maintains linkages and communication with newborn screening programs across Canada. 


 
The Provincial Neonatal Resuscitation Advisory Committee identifies and promotes current standards of neonatal resuscitation. It also provides advice and leadership for the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program in BC.

The Home Birth Supplies Program is a standardized provincial program for all care providers attending home births to access supplies, medications and sterilization services. This program also supports accurate and complete data collection for home births for the purposes of provincial and regional planning.  The Advisory Committee members serve as communication liaisons to their respective Health Authority’s leadership, Board of Directors, or Executive regarding the Home Birth Supplies Program. 


The Healthy Start Working Group is comprised of the Ministry of Health, Perinatal Services BC, Child Health BC, First Nations Health Authority and the regional health authorities. This group provides public health promotion and prevention expertise and advice, actions provincial projects and programs, and identifies opportunities to further the delivery of quality provincial maternal/child public health services, while promoting consistency in the delivery of provincial maternal/child health services that are responsive to different population needs and vulnerabilities.



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