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

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

6.6% of liveborn babies were low birthweight in 2019

Every day in Australia, 6 babies are stillborn and 2 die within 28 days of birth (neonatal death)

One in 8 (13%) babies of mothers aged 40 and over were pre-term, compared with 8.2% of babies born to mothers aged 20–34

1 in 4 women giving birth in 2019 were aged 35 or over

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

Highlights