Maternal Health Society
Organization profile published 1982

Year Published:  1982  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2469

The Maternal Health Society (MHS) is a non-profit society composed of consumers and professionals interested in maternal/child health care.

Abstract:  The Maternal Health Society (MHS) is a non-profit society composed of consumers and professionals interested in maternal/child health care.

Its stated aims are:

1) to promote flexible responsive health care for the family during the childbearing cycle, care which will optimize physical and emotional well-being.

2) to support parents in their efforts to make informed decisions in the health care they receive.

3) to disseminate current information to consumers and health professionals on health care during the childbearing cycle.

4) to work with government and regulatory bodies in making decisions related to health care connected with the childbearing cycle.

5) to obtain consumer feedback regarding health care needs, and to promote consumer input into health care planning and delivery.

MHS is involved in the following activities related to maternal/child health care:

- running a film library and lending service

- holding quarterly meetings to connect people working in the field

- currently planning and organizing a spring event on the issue of women's rights in birthing

- publishing an annual Doctor Directory of those supportive of changes in the medical system in this area.

Maternal Health News (MHN), the newspaper of MHS, presents issues for discussion and information on current events. The Winter 1981 edition features a "grieving symposium" for parents and doctors involved in the fifty percent of all conceived pregnancies that end in loss. Other articles show how welfare cutbacks cause hardship for families and give information and graphics on labour and delivery.

See also CX2095.

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