A sub-committee was formed to deal with issues surrounding termination of pregnancy in the territory. The sub-committee is composed of workers from the community and the Health Network. The core of its work was the design of a campaign to raise awareness about pregnancy termination My pregnancy. The choice is mine! In the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region. This campaign, which is the result of pooling expertise and close collaboration between community workers and Network professionals, made it possible to gather region-specific information, identify the needs of women and people who may be pregnant, and create a Web site providing neutral and objective information on pregnancy termination.
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Training curriculum for Gaspésie CISSS staff
The third major priority of the 2019-2022 action plan was to support workers and professionals in the health and social services network in order to facilitate their practice and promote good mental health at work. To this end, one of the means chosen by the committee members to achieve this objective is to train professionals on the following feminist issues :
- Working with the LGBTQ+ community;
- Detecting violence;
- Roles and mandates of community organisations
- Fatphobia (anti-fat bias);
- Obstetrical and gynaecological violence; and
The committee has therefore worked to identify training opportunities that it deems relevant and appropriate to support CISSS staff in their work with women in the region.
Access to the abortion pill in GÎM
The abortion pill is a method of pregnancy termination that is little known, but which offers the possibility of having an abortion at home and avoiding surgery. It can be taken up to the 9th week of pregnancy. This is an option that for our region can overcome the issue of distance between service points. In fact, since surgical termination of pregnancy is only offered at Gaspé Hospital, the abortion pill can save some people from having to travel long distances. However, access is still uneven across the territory.
The Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Women’s Health Advisory Committee is working on this issue on an ongoing basis and will support initiatives that will allow the service to be deployed on a larger scale.
Status of midwifery services
The midwifery sub-committee that works on issues of access to midwifery services within the region prepared a situation report and recommendations regarding the implementation of midwifery services within the Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region.