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Tiers of Service

​The Perinatal Services BC Planning Framework provides a common language and methodology for defining and planning hospital-based and home birth perinatal services in the province. 

The goal of the framework is to support the development of a coordinated system of health services for pregnant women and their newborns in BC—quality maternal, fetal, and neonatal services in BC that are within a network of care, as close to home, and as safe as possible.

The framework is made specific through the Perinatal Tiers of Service Module, which provides the foundation for provincial and health authority planning.

The module: 

  • provides a common language to streamline planning, coordination, and integration of perinatal services across sectors and geographic boundaries;
  • facilitates a common appreciation of the responsibilities and relative capabilities of each type and tier of service, including academic roles and educational opportunities;
  • supports the availability and allocation of appropriate resources and funding to fulfill those responsibilities;
  • facilitates transfers of patients from one service to another through a common understanding of the relative capabilities and expectations of each service; and
  • facilitates comparisons of regional resource utilization and outcomes.
The module includes background information about the PSBC Planning Framework and detailed information about the maternal/fetal and neonatal tiers and associated responsibilities and requirements.

SOURCE: Tiers of Service ( )
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