UBC Undergraduate Research

Rural Women's and Care Providers' Experiences of Maternity Care Wijaya, Hardy


It’s not easy being a pregnant woman in rural British Columbia. With 10–20% annual attrition of family physicians in rural BC, and 17 rural hospitals having ceased maternity care services since 2000, many women lose the ability to deliver in their own community even if local hospitals exist. What are the causes and consequences? We investigated rural maternity care from the perspective of parturient women and care providers. Through a series of interviews and focus groups in 14 communities across BC, we learned about the current state of maternity care in rural BC and investigated how the reduction in maternity care services has impacted women’s lives, physician’s confidence, and community ethos.

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