Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

    McGuinty Government Investing $4.6 Million In Ontario Perinatal
    Surveillance System

    TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is working to ensure women and newborns receive the best care
through a new province-wide database to monitor health outcomes.
    The Ontario government is providing a one-time grant of $4.6 million to
the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario to set up the Ontario Perinatal
Surveillance System (OPSS) as a provincial resource to monitor, report and
advise Ontarians on maternal-infant health outcomes.
    The first database of its kind in North America, the OPSS will be used
    - Ensure mothers and newborns receive timely and high-quality maternal-
      child services across Ontario.
    - Make sure the services are tailored to meet patient needs.
    - Provide prompt information about emerging maternal-newborn health


    "Our government wants to make sure mothers and newborns are receiving the
best possible health care services. The Ontario Perinatal Surveillance System
will provide us with important information to ensure timely and high quality
care," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a leader in helping
newborns get the healthiest start in life. Our investment in the Ontario
Perinatal Surveillance System will ensure that this same quality care will be
provided to all mothers and newborns across the province," said Madeleine
Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier.


    - Ontario has 784 neonatal intensive care beds operating in 45 hospitals.
    - About 19 per cent of all women giving birth in Ontario are high-risk
      pregnancies, which equals about 24,000 women per year.
    - About 12 per cent of all babies require an advanced level of care,
      which equals about 16,200 babies per year.


    Read about the Ontario Perinatal Surveillance System

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