Maternal Health Society (MHS)
Organization profile published 1980

Publisher:  Maternal Health Society (MHS), Vancouver, Canada
Year Published:  1980  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2095

Abstract:  Maternal Health Society (MHS) is a volunteer organization devoted to promoting safe choices in childbirth in British Columbia. It was originally organized to survey B.C. hospital practices and lobby for change in obstetrical practices. The society has since widened its horizons to include a maternal health center, a counseling and support service for cesarean parents, and a "healthcare consumer" advocacy role. All MHS's activities are supported by subscriptions to Maternal Health News (sub. $2-$5/year) which "is published to reflect a strong 'consumer voice' about current issues in maternal/child health care". Each issue of this newsletter contains regular sections entitled. "International Childbirth Education Association", "Cesarean Birth Group" and "Sharing".

One section in the September edition of the newsletter is entitled "Midwifery". It contains, among other things, an article about the recent formation of the B.C. Association of Midwives; this association has as an eventual goal the legalization and recognition of the occupation of midwifery in British Columbia. Membership is open to midwives, obstetric nurses and others involved in maternal/child health. The association has also chosen to ally itself with other such efforts in B.C.

The September issue also outlines MHS's plan to send questionnaires to every obstetrician in B.C. and to general and family practitioners in the Victoria and Lower Mainland areas. Doctors will be asked to answer more than 20 questions about the prenatal care they provide, the childbirth options they support and their attitudes on several controversial issues. MHS believes that this Doctor Survey, which will be published in October 1980, will be of value to both women and physicians.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1980.
See also CX2469.

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