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PHO Rounds: Preconception health, pregnancy outcomes and care experiences among women with disabilities in Ontario

One in ten women of reproductive age has a physical, sensory, or intellectual disability. Women with disabilities experience significant social, health and health care disparities. Data show that their pregnancy rates are increasing, however, little is known about the preconception and pregnancy outcomes, in addition to the care experiences of women with disabilities. A study was conducted using population-based administrative data to examine the preconception and pregnancy outcomes of women with disabilities in Ontario, in addition to interviews with women with disabilities, physicians, public health nurses and social service providers. The data demonstrates important disparities among women with disabilities and is relevant to the Ontario Public Health Standards, which focus on reducing health inequities related to healthy growth and development. This session will highlight our findings and discuss implications for the development of preconception and prenatal interventions to optimize pregnancy outcomes among women with disabilities.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the evidence on the preconception and pregnancy outcomes and care experiences of women with disabilities in Ontario;
  2. Discuss the importance of developing and implementing tailored resources for women with disabilities around the time of pregnancy;
  3. Identify the roles that public health professionals may play in promoting the health of women with disabilities in the preconception and prenatal periods.


Presenter(s): Hilary Brown and Lesley Tarasoff

Hilary Brown, PhD,  is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Adjunct Scientist at ICES and Women’s College Hospital. 

Lesley Tarasoff, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.



The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Published 16 March 2021