Canadian women more likely experience severe vaginal tearing during childbirth: report

A new report has found that Canadians are more likely to experience severe vaginal tearing during childbirth, but one expert is looking at the stats with caution.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released data showing Canada has the highest rates of obstetrical trauma among 23 countries that are part of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Dr. Jennifer Blake, CEO of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, said the OECD results have been pretty consistent over the years, and have been given very serious consideration. She said it’s difficult to make an apples-to-apples comparison with other countries for a few reasons.

Canadian women are having fewer children, and the average age of first-time mothers is also on the rise. (It’s at 29.2 as of 2016, according to Statistics Canada).

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