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Maternity group delivers education and support

Kamloops online group assisting pregnant and postpartum families

A Kamloops group of doctors, midwives and registered nurses are now offering free online group education sessions to families who recently had a baby and those who are expecting during the challenges of COVID-19.

Topics will include infant feeding, safety and first aid, postpartum body health, mental health, and infant behaviour. There will also be guest speakers – including a physiotherapist, lactation consultant, and psychiatrist – all bringing maternity-related health information to help families thrive during this stage of their lives.

Dr. Ruth Brighouse, who focuses her Kamloops-based practice on women’s reproductive health, is one of the doctors offering the sessions.

“Our team of physicians, midwives and registered nurses are all passionate about supporting the perinatal population,” Dr. Brighouse said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work together to educate and build a sense of community amongst these families in a safe, accessible manner at a time when we must reduce our in-person social interactions.”

Monique Walsh is the Executive Director of the Thompson Region Division of Family Practice, which supports the work of the maternity care team and its postpartum group education sessions.

“The division has been engaged in quality improvement work with many of our local maternity care providers for a number of years,” Walsh said. “These health care providers show unwavering commitment and passion to create innovative programs that contribute to the sustainability of maternity and newborn care in Kamloops, even with the challenges of COVID-19.”

Upcoming fall sessions will run on Tuesday evenings from Nov. 17-Dec. 15, and winter sessions run on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 12-Feb. 9.

Learn more and register online at: KamloopsMaternity.ca

The Thompson Region Division of Family Practice is a non-profit organization of family physicians and nurse practitioners that engages in community-based projects to improve access to primary health care in the Kamloops-Thompson region.