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What We Do

Perinatal Services BC provides leadership, support, and coordination for the strategic planning of perinatal services in British Columbia.

PSBC collaborates with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and other key stakeholders. Perinatal Services BC is the central source in the province for evidence-based perinatal information.

Vision

Healthy women having healthy pregnancies and infants.

Mission

Through partnerships and collaboration and by building a high quality system of care across the continuum, we will optimize pregnancy and birth outcomes as a foundation for a healthy population.

How We Serve BC

PSBC uses a client-centric, population health approach in supporting perinatal services across the province and as the basis for its shared mandate with partners and stakeholders.

Our key responsibilities include:

  • improving health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns;
  • developing evidence-based practice standards and guidelines as well as and forms for health care providers;
  • providing training and education to health care providers in areas such as fetal health surveillance, neonatal resuscitation and stabilization, and breastfeeding;
  • implementing prenatal and newborn screening programs;
  • collecting and monitoring data for surveillance and using that data to inform and evaluate programs; and
  • planning for the perinatal health care system.

Our initiatives and projects fall under the following areas:

PSBC collaborates with frontline leaders in community, primary care, and acute care settings across the province, as well as the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and national organizations to lead the development and implementation of best practice initiatives that promote healthy pregnancies and healthy infants.


Aboriginal Health

Perinatal Services BC recognizes the values of and celebrates Aboriginal cultures and traditions. Our Provincial Lead, Aboriginal Health continues to lead efforts to foster culturally appropriate and inclusive perinatal services for Aboriginal peoples across the province and to ensure that an Aboriginal perspective of health is addressed throughout any program.


Prenatal and Newborn Screening

PSBC is responsible for the coordination and education of screening in BC and manages three provincial screening programs:


  • Prenatal Genetic Screening Program;
  • Newborn Screening Program; and
  • Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program.
Primary Care

Perinatal Services BC supports primary maternity care and promotes interdisciplinary collaborative practice, providing ongoing clinical consultation on initiatives that impact primary maternity care. These initiatives include data collection and analysis, guideline development, knowledge translation, and system planning. PSBC also works closely with the Divisions of Family Practice (Doctors of BC) and the Midwives Association of BC.

 

PSBC develops, adopts, and approves guidelines and standardized forms that support best practices for maternal and newborn care using a multidisciplinary approach.


We collaborate with provincial stakeholders and frontline leaders to promote the application and integration of evidence-based best practices designed to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability, and sustainability of clinical activities in maternal, fetal, and newborn health across British Columbia.


We also coordinate and provide outreach education for fetal health surveillance, neonatal resuscitation, and acute care of at-risk and unwell newborns. 

 

The mandate of Perinatal Services BC is directly supported by the operation and maintenance of the BC Perinatal Data Registry (PDR).


Data from the PDR are widely used for surveillance and research purposes and to support health care providers, researchers, and policy makers in their work to improve maternal, fetal and neonatal health outcomes as well as to enhance the delivery and quality of perinatal services in BC.

 

PSBC both leads and collaborates with stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives designed to support planning for perinatal health across the continuum. We are committed to ensuring that our planning initiatives intersect with other services and projects to provide true cross-continuum and cross-sector integration. 


To deliver optimal, needs-based, and patient-centred care across BC, our system planning processes are grounded in a collaborative, socially accountable, transdisciplinary approach that draws on the collective intellectual and social capital of stakeholders and inherently values the contributions of all disciplines.


Our initiatives include: 


  • collaborative primary maternity care; 
  • rural and remote maternity/surgical planning;
  • maternal/fetal and neonatal tiers of service;
  • classification of mothers and newborns; and 
  • maternal and newborn transfer. 

These initiatives all use a needs-based planning framework.

 
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