This quality standard is underpinned by the principles of respect and equity.
People experiencing early pregnancy complications and/or loss should receive services that are respectful of their rights and dignity and that promote shared decision-making. High-quality care for early pregnancy complications and loss is family centred. Family or friends who can offer support should be encouraged to attend and be welcomed at all related appointments.
People experiencing early pregnancy complications and/or loss should be provided services that are respectful of their gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, housing, age, background (including self-identified cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds), and disability. Equitable access to the health system also includes access to culturally safe care.
Language, a basic tool for communication, is an essential part of safe care and needs to be considered throughout a person’s health care journey. For example, in predominantly English-speaking settings, services should be actively offered in French and other languages.
Health care professionals should acknowledge and work toward addressing the historical and present-day impacts of colonization in the context of the lives of Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada. This work involves being sensitive to the impacts of intergenerational and present-day traumas and the physical, mental, emotional, and social harms experienced by Indigenous people, families, and communities. This quality standard uses existing clinical practice guideline sources developed by groups that may not include culturally relevant care or acknowledge traditional Indigenous beliefs, practices, and models of care.
A high-quality health system is one that provides good access, experience, and outcomes for everyone in Ontario, no matter where they live, what they have, or who they are.