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New tool to help parents find resources for pre/post-natal care

BORN Ontario and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario launch interactive map

Ottawa, September 17, 2014 – BORN Ontario, at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), is excited to launch its new interactive resource map this week.

“Improving life-long health begins before birth,” said Dr. Ann Sprague, Acting Director of BORN Ontario, the provincial pregnancy, birth and childhood registry and network. “This new resource will mobilize accurate information and help mothers and children locate the best health care options for their individual needs.”

The map provides the location, contact information, birth volume, and level of care for every birthing hospital in the province, as well as a list of every midwifery practice group, birthing centre, and pediatric hospital across Ontario.

It also highlights where you can find other useful pre- and post-natal resources including your nearest:

  • Prenatal Screening Laboratory
  • Regional Genetic Centre
  • Newborn Screening Regional Treatment Centre
  • Fertility Treatment Centre
  • Public Health Unit

The Interactive Map is now live.

“There will be 500,000 more kids in Ontario in 20 years than there are today – that is a lot of new parents! This new interactive map will help put information at their fingertips and connect families to the services they may need,” said Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO.

Established in 2009 by the Government of Ontario, BORN collects, interprets, shares and rigorously protects critical data about each birth in the province – essential to helping babies get the best start in life. It is housed at CHEO, which is a pediatric health sciences centre and a hub of provincial and regional programs with specialized expertise in maternal newborn care.

CHEO administers BORN Ontario; the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program, which improves the health of mothers and newborns; the Regional Genetics Program, which offers prenatal genetic screening; and Newborn Screening Ontario, which screens every baby born in Ontario for early detection of treatable diseases. CHEO’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is equipped for babies with the most complex medical needs. And its Neonatal Transport Team is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to transport severely ill babies to specialized neonatal intensive care.

For further information, please contact:

Ann Watkins
Communications Assistant

Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist, CHEO

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