Overview

A newborn baby's health can be a key determinant of their health and wellbeing throughout life. Factors such as physical health, social wellbeing and exposure to harmful behaviours can influence health outcomes for both mothers and babies.

More reports and statistics on mothers & babies can be found under Children & youth and Men & women.

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Latest findings

In 2019, 298,567 women gave birth to 303,054 babies

The birth rate has declined from 64.6 per 1,000 women in 2009 to 57.6 in 2019

Maternal death was 5 times more likely in women who smoked during pregnancy compared with women who did not smoke

More than half (55%) of mothers aged 40 and over gave birth by caesarean section

Almost half (46%) of Indigenous mothers aged 40 and over had given birth at least 4 times previously

2 in 7 mothers aged 35 or over were giving birth for the first-time

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