Parity: the number of live births a woman has had to date.
Primiparous: a woman who has given birth one time.
Multiparous: a woman who has given birth two or more times.
Source: CICH graphic created using data adapted from Public Health Agency of Canada, Maternal Experiences Survey, 2006-2007 http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/pdf/tab-eng.pdf -accessed July 24, 2017.
According to the Maternity Experiences Survey in 2006/07, 5.1% of women started prenatal care after the first trimester (14+ weeks gestation).
Younger women were more likely to start prenatal care later than were older women.
Women with less than a high school education were more likely to start prenatal care after the first trimester than were those with a university degree.
Women living in low income were also more likely to start prenatal care later than those with adequate/high income.
Women having their second or subsequent baby were more likely to start prenatal care after the first trimester than were those having their first baby.
1Public Health Agency of Canada. What Mothers Say: The Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey 2006-2007. Ottawa, 2009. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/pdf/survey-eng.pdf-accessed July 24, 2017.