Publications

A guide to using the Daily Breastfeeding Record form (RCP/6.0) and the Breastfeeding Assessment and Discharge form (RCP/6.1).

Publication Date:
February, 2017
File Size:
298KB
Number of Pages:
5

This report is the result of a series of ‘Quality Assessment (QA) Reviews’ that RCP conducted between 2010 and 2015 which focused on newborn transition to the community and maternal self-care following birth. The RCP team held discussions with those involved in care planning and delivery for mothers and babies, at the IWK and in each of the former District Health Authorities across Nova Scotia. Professional and non-professional community partners and supports were invited to participate in focus groups, as were new mothers and their partners.

Publication Date:
February, 2016
File Size:
1030KB
Number of Pages:
37

The data presented in this report are meant to provide a quick reference to the sentinel indicators of perinatal health and care among Nova Scotia residents. It shows using simple graphs and tables, statistics on deliveries and births, perinatal and infant mortality, labour and birth processes, determinants of maternal, fetal and infant health and their health outcomes. The Nova Scotia Atlee Perinatal Database provides data and statistics to Nova Scotia hospitals and care providers for health services planning to help to ensure quality care for women and newborns in the province.

We hope this report will assist with the development and monitoring of standards of care and will trigger research questions that can be pursued in the future.

Publication Date:
December, 2015
File Size:
18866KB
Number of Pages:
37

A detailed guide and reference for prenatal care providers using the Nova Scotia Prenatal Record to document assessment, investigation and treatment during pregnancy. Includes instructions on assembly of the prenatal record, a glossary of terms related to pregnancy and prenatal care, details on completing each section of the record, guidelines for antenatal screening and related resources.

Publication Date:
July, 2015
File Size:
2376KB
Number of Pages:
48

This report provides a quick reference to the sentinel indicators of perinatal health and care among Nova Scotia residents who delivered from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2011. Topics covered include deliveries and births in Nova Scotia, perinatal and infant mortality, determinants of maternal, fetal and infant health, labour and birth processes, and maternal, fetal and infant health outcomes. Created to assist with the development and monitoring of standards of care and to trigger research questions that can be pursued in the future.

Publication Date:
January, 2013
File Size:
1625KB
Number of Pages:
29

From April 2007 to January 2009, the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia conducted a series of quality assessment reviews on induction of labour in 3 District Health Authorities and at the IWK Health Centre. This report summarizes findings from these reviews and from the literature. Data from the Nova Scotia Atlee Perinatal Database is presented.

Publication Date:
March, 2012
File Size:
966KB
Number of Pages:
73

These guidelines provide a method to support and guide LPNs, RNs, and assistive personnel (e.g. CTAs) who provide maternal and newborn care in acute care settings across Nova Scotia as they adapt to changes in health care delivery models and professional role redesign. Themes discussed include

  1. Assignments and Decision Making
  2. Scope of Practice
  3. Accountabilities.

Collaborative Care Guidelines was created as part of the Model of Care Initiative in Nova Scotia (MOCINS), a joint initiative of the Department of Health & Wellness, district health authorities, and the IWK Health Centre that includes the design, planning and implementation of the new collaborative care model on units in each district health authority/IWK.

Publication Date:
January, 2012
File Size:
4040KB
Number of Pages:
48

A quick reference to the sentinel indicators of perinatal health and care among Nova Scotia residents who delivered from January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2009. Categories include deliveries and births in Nova Scotia, determinants of maternal, fetal and infant health, labour and birth processes, and maternal, fetal and infant health outcomes. Created to assist with the development and monitoring of standards of care and to trigger research questions that can be pursued in the future.

Publication Date:
September, 2011
File Size:
2014KB
Number of Pages:
28

A reference manual explaining in detail how to use the Nova Scotia Labour Partogram to document labour and birth information in a structured, logical and standardized manner. Includes guidelines on form usage, detailed descriptions of and instructions for completing all sections and fields in the form, practice scenarios and samples of completed forms based on the practice scenarios.

When RCP published the Companion Guide in 2010, we also made available a narrated slide presentation entitled "The Revised Nova Scotia Labour Partogram". In this presentation, RCP perinatal nurse consultant Leeanne Lauzon discusses the rationale for updating the Labour Partogram, highlights its new features, and provides an orientation to the Companion Guide.

Publication Date:
July, 2010
File Size:
1166KB
Number of Pages:
38

Between 1970 and 2006 the cesarean section rate in Canada more than quadrupled from 6% to 26%. Similar increases have occurred in every province, including Nova Scotia where the cesarean section rate in 2006 was 27%. As part of an effort to understand the reasons for increased interventions in childbirth in our province, the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia conducted quality assessment reviews in four different centres. This report outlines the collective findings from these reviews, describes the factors that appear to support best practices in maternity care with respect to cesarean sections in Nova Scotia, and presents recommendations for local and provincial action.

Publication Date:
October, 2008
File Size:
370KB
Number of Pages:
62

In this narrated video presentation, Dr. Heather Scott, RCP's Obstetrical Co-director, explains the important changes that were introduced into the 2007 version of the prenatal record.

Publication Date:
July, 2007
File Size:
27000KB

An overview of selected perinatal health and clinical care issues including trends in demographic characteristics, health choices, clinical interventions, and perinatal health outcomes for the Nova Scotia population. Topics covered include maternal health, maternal health services, maternal behavious and lifestyle, fetal and infant mortality, and infant morbidity. Data are for year 2000 although many items are reported as multi-year trends from 1988 to 2000.

Publication Date:
December, 2005
File Size:
5887KB
Number of Pages:
90

In January 2002, the Department of Health, Public Health/Health Promotion, asked the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia to "Develop ...Department of Health minimum acceptable standards for initial postpartum contact (0-6 weeks) in Nova Scotia". RCP established a Postpartum Services Review Working Group with representation from hospital and community nursing, nursing education, family practice, public health, obstetrics and pediatrics to assist them with this important task. This report represents the findings of the Postpartum Services Review Working Group and recommends a series of guidelines intended to ensure that postpartum/postnatal services are provided in an informed and consistent way across Nova Scotia.

Publication Date:
December, 2002
File Size:
4164KB
Number of Pages:
116

"Loving Care is a strengths‐based and capacity‐building parent health education resource produced by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. The easy to read series has been designed and written to meet the diverse learning needs of all families. At one time or another any family can experience challenges with literacy, lack of social support, lack of time to read, or limited access to health and parenting resources. Loving Care offers easy to understand early parenting information. The books are offered to all parents in Nova Scotia."

-- from the Nova Scotia Public Health Service’s background information document on the development Loving Care

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