BORN Ontario

BORN (Better Outcomes Registry & Network) is Ontario’s pregnancy, birth and childhood registry and network. Established in 2009 to collect and share critical data about each child born in the province, BORN Ontario manages an advanced database that provides reliable, comprehensive information on maternal and child care.

Because every pregnancy and birth in Ontario is thoroughly documented, and because the clinical data collected are complete, professionals in every discipline within the health sector gain vital knowledge they can apply to improve the system.

The result is change that contributes directly to the well being of mothers, with positive and lasting effects on the health of newborns, children and the citizens of Ontario.

BORN is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, administered by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and active in every region of the province. As a prescribed registry under Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, BORN safeguards data while making information available to facilitate and improve health care. BORN’s rigorous privacy policies are reviewed regularly by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to ensure accordance with privacy legislation and data-system standards.

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Research Projects

  1. Obstetrical safety indicators for preventing hospital harms in low risk births


    This question is: According to the available literature, what are the obstetrical safety indicators related to processes of care for low risk births that aim to reduce preventable hospital harms?

  2. A novel method for quantitation of acylglycines in human dried blood spots by UPLC-tandem mass spectrometry


    This method shows potential application as a second tier screen in order to reduce the false positive rate for a number of IEM targeted by newborn screening.

  3. Association between interpregnancy interval and subsequent stillbirth in 58 low-income and middle-income countries: a retrospective analysis using Demographic and Health Surveys


    Although interpregnancy intervals of less than 12 months were associated with increased risk of stillbirth, these effects were attenuated when considering second and third intervals, suggesting the association in the first interval might not be causal.

  4. Racial/ethnic variations in gestational weight gain: a population-based study in Ontario


    Inadequate and excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) have both been linked with a number of adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes, which in turn also vary by race/ethnicity (Headen et al. 2012).

  5. Agreement Assessment of Key Maternal and Newborn Data Elements Between Birth Registry and Clinical Administrative Hospital Databases in Ontario, Canada


    We used provincial health card numbers to deterministically link live or stillbirth records and their corresponding mothers' records in the BORN database to the CIHI-DAD in the fiscal years 2012-2013 to 2014-2015.


  1. Aislinn Conway

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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  2. Daniel Corsi

    Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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  3. Dina El Demellawy

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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    Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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