Encounters & Alphabetical Lists

Encounters & Alphabetical Lists

The BORN Information System is organized by encounters of care across the continuum beginning in April 2012. An encounter involves an interaction between the patient/client and the provider of services, (e.g. out-patient care management, hospital or home birth experiences, etc.). Certain data elements are common across encounters. Wherever possible, data will pre-populate subsequent encounters, thereby reducing duplication of data entry. This model enables program-specific analysis by encounter, or analysis of aggregated data by population and health system.

Navigating the Data Dictionary Alphabetically

A-E | F | G-M | N O-P | Q-Z

Navigating the Data Dictionary by Encounter

Data elements as of April 1, 2012 for each encounter (available in the online searchable Data Dictionary or in PDF) are not organized in the order in which they are to be entered in the BORN Information System. Prior to April 2012 niday and midwifery legacy data elements are available for viewing in legacy datasets.

Antenatal General

Maternal and pregnancy information for midwifery clients or patients who have antenatal hospital or clinic visits. Only about 12% of women (approximately 17,500 records/year) in the BORN Information System (BIS) database will have an AG encounter.

Antenatal Specialty

Maternal, pregnancy, and fetal information for women who require specialized care at a maternal fetal medicine unit or prenatal genetic clinic. Only about 1% of women (approximately 1,400 records/year) in the BORN Information System (BIS) database will have an AS encounter.


Retired: Maternal information during the labour experience. Includes hospital care and midwifery attended home births. 

This encounter has been merged with the Birth (Mother) encounter as of April 2017 and this entry exists only for historical purposes.


Information for newborns who require specialized care in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN). BORN does not have NICU/SCN specific data elements prior to April 1, 2012. In fiscal year 2012-13, BORN collected NICU/SCN data from all Level of Care 2 NICUs/SCNs and 5 out of the 8 Level of Care 3 NICUs.


Non-invasive prenatal testing information for every women who accessed NIPT services from 2016 onwards.  Results are provided by the OHIP-funded NIPT service providers.