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OB-GYN society launches tool kit to collect data on maternal mortality

Dr. Diane Francoeur speaks at a legislature committee on health on March 17, 2015 at the legislature in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada is launching a tool kit to help health authorities review maternal deaths.

The society is set to discuss the initiative aimed at determining the underlying causes of maternal mortality at a conference in Quebec City on Tuesday.

CEO Dr. Diane Francoeur says the program will allow provinces to share data anonymously and work together to identify national trends.

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Chief scientific officer Dr. Jocelynn Cook said the tool kit will give health providers a standardized approach to review maternal deaths to allow for more in-depth and consistent data collection.

Statistics Canada says the maternal mortality rate was 8.3 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2018.

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Francoeur says Canada needs to catch up to other countries in data collection to get a national picture of shifting patterns in maternal health.

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