Maternity Care for BC
Maternity Care for BC (MC4BC) promotes, supports, and trains BC family physicians to reconnect with low-risk maternity services through mentorship, hands-on experience, and financial support.
Launched in 2008, MC4BC encourages physicians to begin, maintain, or reintroduce obstetrical care in their practices, and is designed for physicians who want to:
- Include obstetrical care in their practice
- Refresh their obstetrical care skills or training
- Gain additional obstetrical skills and experience.
Of the program participants so far, nearly 100% of those polled agreed that MC4BC is an important support to family physicians by enhancing the care they provide to patients, and that MC4BC increased their confidence to perform obstetrical deliveries.
As a result of an evaluation in 2013, the relaunched program expanded its scope in October 2014 to include post-program mentorship, antenatal/postpartum care support, moderated maximum number of births per participant (i.e. 20 births), and a self-directed learning experience. The program offers flexibility with location, timelines, and schedules.
Each participant is eligible for taxable funding for:
- Training Stipend (maximum $27,839.70)
For participants to cover income loss for labour and delivery in hospitals, and antepartum and postpartum care, including breastfeeding. Participants may not bill fee-for-service activities associated with attending a birth as part of this program
- Travel Allowance (maximum $9,500)
For participants to cover travel to/from the obstetrical training facility and accommodations during the program
- CMPA Obstetrical Insurance cost differential (maximum $100)
For participants to help cover the insurance upgrade during the training period
- Additional Education Requirements (maximum $1,000)
For participants to meet educational requirements to obtain or maintain hospital privileges during the training period (i.e. NRP, Fetal Health Surveillance, ALARM, ALSO)
Eligible family physicians:
- Have obtained full registration and licensure from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.
- Have obtained hospital obstetrical privileges for the hospital(s) in which the physician receives training.
- Commit to do general practice obstetrics in BC upon completion of the program for a minimum of two years.
- Complete all required application documentation.
Return of Service
Following the completion of the MC4BC program, participants agree to attend (and to permit GPSC to confirm with MSP), as primary provider, a minimum of 12 births over 24 months, practise obstetrics in BC, and to maintain hospital privileges for the purpose of practising obstetrics.
Applications & Timelines
Applications are being reviewed and accepted in order of receipt. Click here for the application package.
The MC4BC subcommittee reviews applications monthly and recommends applicants to the GPSC. Participants must begin training within six months of documented acceptance into the program, and are required to complete training within 12 months.
To apply to the program, or for further details, email the Program Administrator.