Above: Dr. Anne Biringer sharing maternity care expertise in Guyana
Thanks to many generous donors, the Slaight Family Labour and Delivery Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital has been earning rave reviews since its opening in 2015.
While the unit is known for supporting high-risk deliveries, routine pregnancies account for one of every three babies born at Mount Sinai. Many babies are delivered by a midwife or family doctor rather than an obstetrician.
Dr. Anne Biringer, the Ada Slaight and Slaight Family Director in Family Based Maternity Care , promotes education and training programs that help future family doctors increase their knowledge and skills in maternity care.
Through the University of Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine, Dr. Biringer is helping establish the Family Medicine profession in Ethiopia with core training in family medicine-based maternity care. Her efforts are increasing women's access to maternity care in this vastly underserved nation, where only a handful of obstetricians are available.
Dr. Biringer also oversees the Slaight Family Maternal Health Equity Fund . The fund brings Sinai Health's expertise and support to under-served, at-risk moms and families everywhere, through initiatives such as the perinatal mental health telemedicine service.