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SOGC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

Original Statement: December 18, 2020

Revised: January 11, 2021 

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has released a statement on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.

The SOGC acknowledges the need for guidance related to the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy and during lactation. We recognize the difficulty facing women and their health care providers at this time, due to the absence of clinical trials that can support evidence-informed recommendations about the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding populations.

Please note that information related to COVID-19, the impact of the disease on pregnancy and data related to COVID-19 vaccines in development are rapidly evolving. Therefore, the information contained in this statement is subject to change as further evidence becomes available.

Please note that the revised statement does not change the SOGC's position on the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy. The SOGC supports vaccination and the following statement outlines the considerations.

Read the statement HERE


January 11, 2021
SOGC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy
 

Updated Committee Opinion No. 400: COVID-19 and Pregnancy (December 1, 2020)

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, the unique needs of pregnant individuals and their fetus/newborn(s) need to be addressed. As with any epidemic, data are evolving and a measured approach to management is required. Based on this evidence to date on COVID-19 as well as the literature on outbreaks of SARS, MERS and other emerging pathogens, and based on evolving data from CANCOVID-Preg, the SOGC’s Infectious Disease Committee has created this committee opinion to help guide maternity care providers in the care of pregnant patients. This guidance is based on the evidence to date and will continue to be updated as more information emerges.

Read the Committee Opinion HERE

 

December 17, 2020
Updated Committee Opinion No. 400: COVID-19 and Pregnancy
 

Statement on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologic Care During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Care in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (PAG) throughout Canada has been significantly impacted since the COVID-19 pandemic caused wide shut-downs of elective services and shifts to virtual care since March 2020. Access to elective services has differed across the country, and some service areas are better suited to care virtually than others. This statement serves to guide practice in the gynecologic care of young girls and adolescents during and after the pandemic and is based on available evidence and opinion of best practice from the CANPAGO committee members and PAG expertise across the country.

Read the statement HERE

 

December 15, 2020
Statement on Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologic Care During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic
 

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The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.


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The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form and submit it by email to alarm@sogc.com.

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Please note that there are currently no in person ALARM courses planned.

We have developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register, please click here.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at alarm@sogc.com. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at alarm@sogc.com.

 

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

Richmond, BC - offered in English only

November 8, 2020

Please submit your application if you are interested in participating.

Selected candidates will be invited to register for the course.

Should you have any questions about your application, please do not hesitate to contact us at alarm@sogc.com.

 

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