Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Prenatal Preparation

Prenatal Class Attendance 
By Parity 
First Trimester Visits 
Primary Care Provider During Pregnancy

Routine visits with a health care provider throughout pregnancy, including the first trimester, are important for the health of a pregnant women and her soon-to-be newborn.

Prenatal classes are offered by a number of local health organizations, and can help a pregnant women learn about what to expect in the weeks before and after giving birth. For more information or to register for prenatal classes, visit the health unit’s Getting Ready For Baby Prenatal Classes webpage.

Prenatal Class Attendance

According to the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN), in 2014 22.9% (21.6%, 24.1%) of new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka attended a prenatal class during their last pregnancy. This rate is similar to the proportion of new mothers who attended a prenatal class across Ontario (23.8% (23.6%, 24.1%)).

By Parity

Nearly half (44.1% (41.9%, 46.3%) of first-time mothers reported attending a prenatal class during their pregnancy. This is significantly more when compared to new mothers who have given birth before, where only 6.5% (5.6%, 7.5%) reported attending a prenatal class.

First Trimester Visits

In 2014, 94.0% (93.2%, 94.6%) of new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka had a first trimester visit with a health care provider during their last pregnancy. This is significantly higher when compared to Ontario overall, where 90.5%  (90.3%, 90.6%) of new mothers had a first trimester visit.

Primary Care Provider During Pregnancy

A pregnant women may receive care from multiple health care providers during her pregnancy. For women who gave birth in Simcoe Muskoka during 2014, the most commonly consulted health care providers during pregnancy were obstetricians, with 63.5% (62.1%, 64.8%) of pregnant women in Simcoe Muskoka receiving care. This was followed by 54.5% (53.1%, 55.9%) of pregnant women receiving care from a family physician, and 20.0 % (18.9%, 21.1%) receiving care from a midwife.