This project developed a partnership between an acute care hospital and public health services to provide postpartum care in an isolated, semi-urban, northern community in British Columbia. The project was undertaken in response to concerns about the effects of early discharge from hospital on postpartum outcomes, particularly breastfeeding. Women could attend a clinic seven afternoons a week or receive a home visit during the first two weeks postpartum. Topics addressed at the clinic included breastfeeding, baby development, family adjustment, and links with other services. Client satisfaction was high, and health care providers expressed confidence in the service. However, the 12-month time frame did not permit an evaluation of health outcomes.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.