The Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) is Ontario's prescribed maternal, newborn and child registry with the role of facilitating quality care for families across the province. BORN collects, interprets, shares and rigorously protects high-quality data essential to making Ontario the safest place in the world to have a baby.

 The best possible beginnings for lifelong health.
  • Facilitate and improve care for mothers, children and youth by linking information and providers to address care gaps spanning the spectrum from normal to high acuity and rare conditions.
  • Be an authoritative source of accurate, trusted and timely information to monitor, evaluate and plan for the best possible beginnings for life-long health.
  • Provide scientific and technical leadership for Ontario's maternal, child and youth health system through the support of research and innovation.
  • Mobilize information and expertise to optimize care and contribute to a high-performing healthcare system, improving the lives of individual mothers and children.
  1. Identifying where appropriate care has not been received and facilitating access to care and treatment for mothers, infants and children.
  2. Facilitating continuous improvement of health care delivery tools to minimize adverse outcomes.
  3. Raising alerts where maternal and/or newborn outcomes are statistically discrepant with accepted norms.
  4. Enabling health care providers to improve care by providing them the information and tools to compare themselves with peers and/or benchmarks.
  5. Knowledge translation to improve the quality and efficiency of care for mothers, infants and children.
  6. Creating reports that can be used to provide the Ministry of Health and Public Heath Units with comprehensive and timely information to support effective planning and management of health care delivery for mothers, babies and children in the province.
  7. Facilitate the provision of health care to a pregnant person and/or baby through the pre-population of personal health information used by or between health information custodians within the circle of care of a pregnancy and/or resulting delivery (including post-partum care and newborn care).


  • We are dedicated to the development and maintenance of a positive work environment that promotes unity and collaboration.
  • We value and respect unique thinking and support one another in all features of our work.
  • We are committed to celebrating achievements and encourage professional growth and development.


  • We strive for excellence through innovation and visionary goals.
  • We establish, nurture, and maintain effective working relationships with our stakeholders and the wider scientific community.
  • We champion the best possible beginnings for family and reproductive health from conception through childhood.


  • We are accountable to our stakeholders operating with integrity and transparency.
  • We are focused on our outcomes and take shared ownership of the trusted information we provide.
  • We protect, analyze and store sensitive data by adhering to rigorous privacy policies.


  • We take pride in delivering and maintaining high standards of quality and timely work.
  • Our culture thrives on continuous improvements to data collection and reporting.
  • We showcase our commitment to expertise and reliability through trustworthy data.
 Data Privacy and Security

BORN is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, administered by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and is 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 the provision of health care. To ensure all personal information is protected in accordance with privacy legislation and data-system standards, BORN is overseen by the Information Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

Learn more about Data Privacy and Security .