Original language of petition: French
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) agrees with the importance of providing information and guidance in relation to the risk of stillbirth. We also recognize that, over the past century, advancements in maternity care have significantly reduced the stillbirth rate in Canada.
To contribute to this effort, PHAC supports initiatives that promote positive pregnancy and birth outcomes for families, such as the development and dissemination of the Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care National Guidelines. These guidelines address the importance of health care providers educating families on strategies to improve birth outcomes, for example the importance of fetal movement, and the importance of fetal movement counting in specific situations. The guidelines also place a large emphasis on providing family-centred care should a perinatal loss unfortunately occur, including stillbirth.
In addition to developing and disseminating guidance and information on this issue, PHAC funds the community-based Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), which reaches over 45,000 participants each year across Canada. The CPNP aims to help improve the health outcomes during pregnancy for new parents and their babies, particularly those who face challenges that put their health at risk, such as poverty, teen pregnancy, social and geographic isolation, substance use or family violence.
PHAC will continue to monitor this issue and take steps to support awareness, where possible, including consideration of additional communication opportunities going forward.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||3|
|Prince Edward Island||1|