Proportion of women who were contacted at home by a health care provider following giving birth, Canada and the provinces/territories, 2006/2007

Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from the Public Health Agency of Canada. What Mothers Say: The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey 2006-2007. Ottawa. 2009. -accessed July 24, 2017.

According to the Maternity Experiences Survey, the majority of women in Canada, 93%, were contacted by a healthcare provider at home following the birth of their baby in 2006/07.

This varied between provinces and territories – from all, or nearly all women in Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Alberta and Newfoundland & Labrador to three-quarters of women in New Brunswick and 63% of women in Nunavut.


Women stay in hospital only a short time following birth. This means that it is important that they have adequate care in the community to support their health and that of their babies. Postpartum services can be provided by hospitals, health centres, public health nurses and primary care providers. There are different kinds of services – telephone contact/triage, clinics and home visits.