Perinatal Health Indicators for Canada 2017

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Produced by the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (CPSS), this report presents surveillance information on key indicators of maternal, fetal and infant health in Canada including:

  • Rate of live births to teenage mothers
  • Rate of live births to older mothers
  • Rate of caesarean delivery
  • Severe maternal morbidity rate
  • Pregnancy-related mortality rate
  • Preterm birth rate
  • Post-term birth rate
  • Small-for-gestational-age birth rate
  • Large-for-gestational-age birth rate
  • Fetal mortality rate
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Neonatal mortality rate
  • Birth prevalence of congenital anomalies
  • Multiple birth rate

The results presented are based on the most recent available data:

  • Vital statistics data up to 2010 and 2011
  • Hospitalization data up to 2014-2015

The report includes the following main findings:

  • The rate of infant mortality remained stable and very low. The latest data (2011) show that the rate of infant mortality was 5 deaths per 1,000 live births.
  • Between 2007 and 2014, the rate of live births to teenage mothers aged 18-19 years has steadily declined from 27.2 to 18.6 per 1,000 females.
  • The overall rate of caesarean delivery was 28.4% of hospital deliveries in 2014-2015.

To obtain a PDF copy of the report, please visit: Perinatal Health Indicators for Canada on the Government of Canada Publications website.

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