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17/1/2013
More Ontario Women Give Birth Later In Life
January 17, 2012 – More women in Ontario are giving birth later in life – according to a new report from Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario.

BORN Ontario is a provincial program delivered by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) with the responsibility for putting information tools in the hands of doctors, nurses and other health care providers to help improve care from mother and babies.

Today BORN released its Perinatal Health Indicators for Ontario 2012 report, indicating an increase in the rate of live birth by Ontario women aged 35-49 from 2006-2010. In Ontario, 22% of live births are to women aged 35-49, about 5 percentage points higher than the rest of Canada. Dr. Mark Walker, a high-risk obstetrician at the Ottawa Hospital notes that, “The increase in advanced maternal age is concerning as fertility is decreased in this period and pregnancies are more likely to be high risk.”

The report, developed as a companion to a recent national perinatal report, provides an overview of eight key perinatal health indicators for the province of Ontario between 2006 and 2010.

Also among the report’s findings, age-specific live birth rates for women aged 20 and younger were consistently lower in Ontario when compared to the rest of Canada, while multiple birth rates were slightly higher.

Other categories covered in the report are: fetal mortality, small for gestational age, large gestational age, preterm birth and post-term birth.

“By providing quality information to health care providers, policy makers and researchers, we can help improve health outcomes for mothers and children in our province, and help babies get their best start to life-long health,” said Mari Teitelbaum, Director, BORN Ontario.

BORN is Ontario’s pregnancy, birth and childhood registry and network. Established to collect, share and rigorously protect critical data about each child born in the province, BORN Ontario manages an advanced database that delivers reliable, secure and comprehensive information on maternal and child care. Combined with expert advice, current evidence and innovative tools, BORN information imparts vital knowledge to professionals in every health care discipline to help improve care and the system.

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For more information contact:

Alysha Akoodie
613-737-7600 ext.3786
aakoodie@cheo.on.ca

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