On Tuesday, the federal government announced that pregnant women will soon be able to get their daily dose of blood glucose tests, with the Health Canada-appointed regulator announcing the new rule Tuesday afternoon.
In an interview with CBC News, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said she had been working on a rule for the last several months and was pleased to announce the new provision at this time.
“I think it’s the beginning of the beginning for a change that is needed in terms of how we manage pregnancy in Canada,” she said.
The new rule requires a blood glucose test in the first trimester, when the number of women taking the blood glucose drug, beta-blockers, increases, but before a woman’s first child is born.
It also sets out how much time women should wait between getting their test and getting a full blood count and glucose test.
Ambrose also announced a new “pregnancy and labour support services” policy that would provide more support to pregnant women and their babies, including financial assistance for those in need of care.
The new policy would also provide support for women who may not be able or willing to give birth because of medical conditions, including anencephaly, a birth defect that causes a baby’s skull to be smaller than its normal size.
The government will provide $1.5 million over the next four years for this new program.