Australia’s mothers and babies 2014

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Introduction

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This data summarised below is provided to help you as a clinician or researcher understand the current trends in reproductive medicine within Australia.

The information is based upon data from the publication "Australia's mothers and babies 2014 - in brief"[1]

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Mothers

  • In 2014, 307,844 women gave birth in Australia—an increase of 18% since 2004 (252,871)
  • The rate of women giving birth increased from 59 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15–44 years) in 2004 to 63 per 1,000 in 2014.
  • The average age of all women who gave birth continues to rise and was 30.2 in 2014,
  • The proportion of mothers aged 35 and over has increased from 20% in 2004 to 22% in 2014.
  • The proportion of mothers aged under 25 has decreased from 19% to 16%.
  • 98% (300,282) of women gave birth in hospitals,
  • 205,927 of women (67%) had a vaginal birth and 101,896 (33%) had a caesarean section.

Maternal Conditions

  • One in 9 women (33,280 or 11%) who gave birth in 2014 smoked at some time during their pregnancy, a decrease from 15% in 2009.
  • 8 per 1,000 mothers had chronic hypertension and 34 per 1,000 had gestational hypertension;
  • 10 per 1,000 had pre‐existing diabetes and 83 per 1,000 had gestational diabetes.

Babies

  • 312,548 babies born in 2014—an increase of 18% since 2004.
  • 310,330 were live births and 2,200 were stillbirths (less than 1%) (birth status is not recorded for a small number of births).
  • stillbirth rate of 7 deaths per 1,000.
  • Slightly more babies were male (51%) than female (49%). The sex ratio was 105.5.
  • 1 in 19 babies (5.3% or 16,572) were Indigenous in 2014 (based on Indigenous status of the baby).
  • average gestational age for all babies was 38.6 weeks, with the vast majority (91%) born at term (37–41 weeks).
  • Pre‐term birth (before 37 completed weeks’ gestation) is associated with a higher risk of adverse neonatal outcomes.


References

  1. AIHW 2016. Australia's mothers and babies 2014—in brief. Perinatal statistics series no. 32. Cat. no. PER 87. Canberra: AIHW.


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