Québec City, Québec
SOGC Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy
Original date: December 18th, 2020
Revised and reaffirmed date: March 14, 2022
Vaccinations are an important part of primary and preventative healthcare for pregnant women. The benefit of vaccination during pregnancy for the infant (e.g. pertussis and influenza) is recognized and recommendation of these vaccinations is part of routine prenatal care.
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SOGC Stands with the People and Health Care Providers in Ukraine
March 10, 2022
The SOGC is deeply saddened by the news that a maternity hospital in Ukraine was the target of a Russian bombing. Three people, including a child, have died and 17 mothers and staff are injured. This atrocious act of violence is a violation of the human right to health.
“Bombing a maternity hospital should never go unmentioned,” says SOGC CEO Dr. Diane Francoeur. “It is barbaric to force women to hide in basements and subways to protect the lives of their children. This escalation of atrocities must stop.”
The SOGC is aware of the global disparity in equitable health care and safety protocol for women, especially during times of war and civil unrest. Health is a human right and women everywhere should be afforded access to the quality care they need. This has not been the first attack on health care facilities during this war - health care providers and people seeking care should not be targeted.
The SOGC condemns any attack on health care facilities and calls for protection for these vulnerable people and their health care providers.
Read the statement PDF HERE
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) supports reproductive choice for all Canadians. This includes the ability to freely choose, access, and use an individual’s contraceptive method of choice, as well as to discontinue a method of contraception.
While there have been reports of women removing their own intrauterine contraceptives (IUCs), the SOGC recommends that individuals who wish to discontinue use of their IUC (or contraceptive implant) visit a health care provider to avoid potential complications that could occur with self-removal, to ensure safe removal, and to discuss future contraceptive choices if desired.
As there is a lot of medical misinformation on social media, the SOGC encourages anyone with questions about their health and contraceptive choices to consult their health care provider. We also remind those creating content for social media to be mindful of the images and information you are sharing and to consider your personal and cyber safety when posting images and videos of yourself.
Timely access to all contraceptive services, including IUC or contraceptive implant insertion and removal should be a priority for health care providers and policymakers.
Read the statement HERE.
The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to lead the advancement of women’s health through excellence and collaborative professional practice.
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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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.
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