Perinatal Services BC provides leadership, support and coordination for the strategic planning of perinatal services in British Columbia in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, health authorities and other key stakeholders.
- Perinatal Services BC worked with 52 hospitals across five health authorities to publish facility-level data for five perinatal indicators on its website. The data helps maternity care providers continue to improve care and support the best outcomes for mothers and babies, and enables women to have informed conversations with their health care providers about their labour and delivery options.
- Moms-to-be in BC can opt for prenatal genetic screening, which looks for one of three specific genetic conditions. Women found to be at a higher risk can receive non-invasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT) from Perinatal Services BC. BC was the first in Canada to have a coordinated funded approach to this NIPT testing, resulting in a decreased amniocentesis rate and saving healthy pregnancies from the miscarriage risk associated with the invasive amniocentesis procedure.
- Perinatal Services BC was the first in Canada to develop a multi-disciplinary online and in-person training module for primary care practitioners regarding healthy pregnancy weight gain.
- To help women have a healthy baby and track their progress through pregnancy, Perinatal Services BC launched a refreshed Pregnancy Passport in partnership with the Ministry of Health.