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.

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In 2020, there were 14,605 babies born to 14,384 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers aged under 20 years has halved (from 22% in 2005 to 11% in 2020)

In 2018–2020, there were 50 maternal deaths, 31 directly and 19 indirectly related to the pregnancy

Maternal death was more common in women who had given birth 4 times or more, and those aged 35 and over

Birth rate is falling (from 64 per 1,000 women in 2010 to 56 per 1,000 in 2020)

Average maternal age is increasing (from 30.0 years in 2010 to 30.9 in 2020)

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