The theme for this year’s World Patient Safety Day is Safe maternal and newborn care: Act now for safe and respectful childbirth. World Patient Safety Day was first established in 2019 to:

  • Enhance global understanding of patient safety
  • Increase public engagement in health care safety, and
  • Promote global action to prevent and reduce avoidable harm in health care (World Health Organization, 2021).

Globally, approximately 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In addition, around 6,700 newborns die every day, amounting to 47% of deaths among all children under five. Moreover, about 2 million babies are stillborn every year, with over 40% occurring during labour. (World Patient Safety Day 2021, 

Everyone should have a safe and respectful childbirth experience. This includes being able to make informed choices about birthing options and having access to medical and other support to ensure people who give birth and their babies are safe before, during and after birth. 

Explore this page to find resources, Leading Practices and how you can get involved this September 17 to promote patient safety for all. 

1. World Patient Safety Day: CEO Message

Listen to a 2-minute message from Accreditation Canada and Health Standards Organization CEO Leslee J. Thompson to learn about World Patient Safety Day and why “safety is more than an absence of physical harm.”

2. Leading Practices

A Leading Practice is a practice carried out by a health and/or social service organization that has demonstrated a positive change, is people centred, safe and efficient. Explore how health organizations are supporting safe maternal and newborn health:

  1. Montfort Postnatal Care at Home Program (MPCH Program)
  2. Prevention of Iterative Cesareans Performed Before 39 Weeks of Gestation in Low-Risk Women: a Proactive Process by the Monfort Hospital
  3. BC Women’s NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) Model of Care: Mother Baby Care


3. Make a positive impact

A mother and support worker or family member hold a newborn baby.

Health Standards Organization and Accreditation Canada are proud to partner with Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC) on this World Patient Safety Day campaign. 

Explore HEC’s webpage and: 

On World Patient Safety Day, let’s come together in a global commitment to recognize patient safety as a key health priority. Visit the HEC World Patient Safety Day webpage.