Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Pregnancy and Before

Interventions During or Following Birth

Interventions during or following childbirth can include medical treatments or procedures to reduce pain or assist the parent in delivering the newborn. For more information on labour and birth, please visit the Labour and Birth section of the health unit’s website. Data on this page are from the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) unless otherwise indicated.

Among Simcoe Muskoka residents who had a vaginal live birth in 2018, over half (59.6% (58.0%, 61.2%)) reported having an epidural during childbirth. Approximately one in every ten Simcoe Muskoka women who gave birth vaginally (9.5% (8.6%, 10.5%)) received an episiotomy during delivery.

For 6.7% (5.9%, 7.5%) of Simcoe Muskoka residents who gave birth vaginally, the birth was assisted using a vacuum, while 3.2% (2.7%, 3.8%) were assisted using forceps. In Ontario, 8.8% (8.5%, 8.9%) of individuals were assisted during vaginal childbirth using a vacuum and 3.2% (3.0%, 3.3%) were assisted using forceps.

Fourteen percent (14.3% (13.3%, 15.0%)) of newborns in Simcoe Muskoka were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) following their birth in 2018.