The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.
Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.
Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?
The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)