Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Pregnancy and Before

Reproductive health focuses on the years prior to conception as well as pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Understanding local reproductive health data can assist in planning for the supports women and their families need during this time. Reproductive health information can also contribute to improved local decision making and the establishment of healthy practices and policies for parents and infants.

For more information on pregnancy and related support programs, please visit the health unit's website on pregnancy.

These HealthSTATS pages contain data on birth and fertility, pregnancy outcomeshealth during pregnancy, breastfeeding and parental characteristics in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.  Provincial comparisons are made where data are available.  

Highlights include:

  • In 2014 in Simcoe Muskoka, 28.8% (27.69%, 30.0%) of recent mothers took a folic acid supplement before their last pregnancy
  • In 2013, 137 (2.9%) new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka reported using one or more drugs during pregnancy
  • 115 (2.4%) new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka reported some level of alcohol consumption during their pregnancy
  • In 2011, there were 465 teen pregnancies in Simcoe Muskoka, for a rate of 25.9 per 1,000 women ages 15-19
  • In 2011, 4,817 babies were born to Simcoe Muskoka mothers
  • In 2014, over 90% of pregnant mothers intended to breastfeed their child. Ninety per cent (89.8% (88.8%, 90.7%) of new mothers did initiate breastfeeding their newborn, with 68,7% breastfeeding exclusively.