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.

BORN vision

The best possible beginnings for lifelong health.

BORN mission

  • 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.

BORN Values


  • 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 and Long Term Care, administered by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and 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 healthcare.

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 .