Maternity Care


The maternity care workforce is a critical to the delivery of comprehensive primary care, and to the fulfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights. This workforce figures prominently in both domestic and international efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals on gender equity and good health and wellbeing. The key maternity care workforce issues to be addressed by this CHWN group range from access to and equity of choice of maternity care provider by birthing people to the factors associated with establishing and sustaining team-based and person-centered maternity care across jurisdictions.

Theme Lead:

CarolineCaroline Chamberland-Rowe is a PhD student in the Health Systems Management Program at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow working with the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program and a Trainee with the Canadian Health Workforce Network.





Health Workforce Research in Progress:

Health Workforce Planning to Promote Equitable Access to the Full Range of Maternity Care Providers Across the Champlain Region

Planning to create partnerships and advance research to understand system-level opportunities to expand midwives' contributions to improve access to sexual and reproductive health care

Welcoming the 'Sacred Spirit' (child): Connecting Indigenous and Western 'ways of knowing' to inform future policy partnerships to optimize maternal child health service delivery initiatives in remote Canadian regions