RCP e-News February 2017

Improving Prenatal Care in Nova Scotia – RCP’s Prenatal Record Care Provider Survey – The Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia’s Prenatal Record (PNR) is currently undergoing revision. As part of this process, RCP has conducted an extensive literature review and environmental scan across the country to explore the available evidence in this area. Additionally, RCP is seeking feedback from prenatal care providers in Nova Scotia regarding the content of the current PNR. Prenatal care providers include: family physicians, midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, and obstetricians. The feedback from care providers will help us to understand what works well, what requires revision, and what additional information could be added to support the provision of prenatal care in Nova Scotia.

The Prenatal Record Care Provider Survey can be accessed online via this link on the RCP website. RCP is requesting that you please complete the survey before March 31, 2017 and that you also share the survey link with your colleagues. The survey has also been distributed by mail (in paper version) to perinatal care providers across the province. The survey consists of 25 - 30 questions; most are multiple choice and many have optional comment boxes. We anticipate that you will need about 15 - 20 minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback is very important to us and we request that you please endeavor to answer all of the survey questions. If you wish, you can provide your name at the end of the survey to be entered into a draw for a prize from RCP!

We appreciate your time in completing the survey and we look forward to receiving your valuable feedback!

RCP’s Breastfeeding Forms – RCP’s Breastfeeding forms have been revised and are now available for care providers who wish to use them. These revised forms provide the detail required by the Baby Friendly Initiative to:

  • Describe the breastfeeding encounter;
  • Outline the feeding plan for mothers; and  
  • Communicate this to those involved in the ongoing breastfeeding support of mothers and babies.  

The Daily Breastfeeding Record (RCP 6.0) is replacing form 06. This form has traditionally been shared with mothers to record their baby’s feeds.

The Breastfeeding Assessment and Discharge form (RCP 6.1) is new. Documentation may begin prior to or during the birth admission, depending on when infant feeding discussions, assessments, and goal-setting with the expectant woman have begun. This is an iterative tool that is to be used by the team as they support the new mother and her baby in achieving independence in breastfeeding. This form includes the discharge feeding plan and may be copied and given to new breastfeeding mothers to share with their support network after discharge.

The Breastfeeding Forms User Guide provides additional information on the use of these forms.

The forms will be available as part of the suite offered through Provincial e-forms; alternatively, you may download and print copies from the RCP website, or request hard copies through the RCP Office (rcp@iwk.nshealth.ca).

2017 CAPWHN Conference Call for Abstracts – The Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s Health Nurses (CAPWHN) Conference is being held in Halifax this fall on October 12-14, 2017. This year’s Conference Theme is:A Gateway for Equity, Diversity, and Innovation”. The CAPWHN Abstract Review Committee is now inviting abstract submissions. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 28, 2017. Please click here for more information. Feel free to share this email with your colleagues and/or consider submitting your own abstract. RCP is involved in the planning of the conference and we would love to include you in this event!

RCP Welcomes Sally Loring to the Halifax Professional Centre – RCP would like to extend a warm welcome to Sally Loring, NSHA Maternal Child Health Senior Director to her new office at the Halifax Professional Centre. You can reach Sally at (902) 470-3883 or locate her in her new space in the Halifax Professional Centre, Suite #710-5991 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, B3H 1Y6.

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