Like Dr Marshall, I too remember the catastrophic hemorrhage of general practitioners from the practice of obstetrics when there was a political decision around the funding and privileging of midwives. What we are left with is a dedicated bunch of general practitioners who love to look after pregnant women and their offspring. A GP offers the best of both worlds—a philosophy of natural childbirth and the skills and knowledge to intervene or seek assistance from their obstetric colleagues in a timely manner.
The MC4BC program targets a variety of GPs, including those who are new to practice and want a bit of a confidence boost and ongoing mentoring, as well as those who provide the service in smaller communities and want to keep current with their skills.
I encourage all physicians who feel they would benefit from the MC4BC program to apply (http://gpscbc.ca/family-practice-incentive/maternity-care-bc).
—Shelley Ross, MD
Co-chair, General Practice Services Committee
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