Guided by public health needs, researchers and public health officials use BORN Ontario data to learn about and address current issues.

Opioid Use

Opioid use in Canada is increasing and we need to know how that affects maternal and child health. Clinical studies have been unable to conclusively determine the risks of prenatal (before birth) exposure to opioids. Robust, population-based data on perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes of in utero opioid exposure is necessary to understand this emerging health crisis.

BORN data is being linked to health administrative records within the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to estimate and compare rates of:

  • adverse perinatal and neonatal outcomes
  • neurodevelopmental problems
  • rates of health service utilization up to six years of age in children born to mothers with and without opioid use in pregnancy

Cannabis Use

With the recent legalization in Canada cannabis use may increase. But how does cannabis affect pregnant women? BORN Ontario data is being used to help find answers to this important question. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that women who use cannabis during pregnancy are at a higher risk for preterm birth.

More research is required to understand the effect of cannabis on pregnant women and infants; registries like the BORN Information System (BIS) are an important data source.