*Use with caution.
Parity: the number of live births a woman has had to date.¹
Primiparous: a woman who has given birth one time.¹
Multiparous: a woman who has given birth two or more times.¹
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. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rhs-ssg/pdf/tab-eng.pdf -accessed July 24, 2017.
Women who had a cesarean birth were more likely than women who had a vaginal birth to have their baby admitted to the intensive care or special care unit in 2006/07.
Women having their first babies were more likely to have their baby admitted to a special care or a neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) than were women having subsequent babies.
Younger women were also more likely to have this experience than were older women.
Women with less than a high school education were more likely to have their baby admitted to special care or an NICU than were women with a university degree.
There were no differences based on income.
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.