The health of both mothers and babies can have important ongoing implications. In 2020, there were 295,976 babies born to 291,712 mothers in Australia. Explore the characteristics and health of mothers and their babies through interactive data visualisations, and in-depth information and trends on the antenatal period, labour and birth, and outcomes for babies at birth.

This web report also provides information on stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, including causes, maternal characteristics, timing and investigations.

The data in this report are based on final 2020 data from the National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC), the National Maternal Mortality Data Collection and the National Perinatal Mortality Data Collection.

For the second time, an early release of preliminary 2021 NPDC data is also being made available within 12 months of the relevant reporting period (these data tables are available under ‘Data’). Please note that the preliminary 2021 data include data from 6 of 8 jurisdictions, totals in the preliminary 2021 data are not comparable with the final 2020 data used throughout this report. Final 2021 data and a full update of the Australia’s mothers and babies web report will be released in mid-2023.

  • Cat. no: PER 101