Australia’s mothers and babies 2015

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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 current 2017 report covers the 2015 data period, and these reports or "in brief" are released towards the end of each year.


The information is based upon data from the publication "Australia's mothers and babies 2015 - in brief"[1]

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Mothers

  • In 2015, 304,268 women gave birth in Australia—an increase of 13% since 2005 (267,795 women).
  • The rate of women giving birth has fluctuated between 2005 and 2015
    • with a rate of 62 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (15–44 years) in 2015.
    • The rate has declined from a peak of 66 per 1,000 women in 2007.
  • The average age of all women who gave birth continues to rise and was 30.3 in 2015, compared with 29.7 in 2005.
    • The median age was slightly higher, at 31 years in 2015.
  • The average age has also increased for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, from 24.9 in 2005 to 25.6 in 2015, with a median of 25 years.
  • The proportion of mothers aged 35 and over has increased from 20% in 2005 to 22% in 2015.
  • The proportion of mothers aged under 25 has decreased from 19% to 15%.
  • The average age of rst‐time mothers also increased, from 28.1 in 2005 to 28.9 in 2015.
  • In 2015, multiple pregnancies represented 1.5% of all pregnancies.
    • Almost all multiple pregnancies (98%) were twins, while a small proportion (2%) were other multiples (triplets, quadruplets or higher).

Maternal Conditions

Babies

  • There were 308,887 babies born in 2015—an increase of 12% since 2005.
  • Slightly more babies were male (51%) than female (49%).
  • In all, 306,725 were live births and 2,160 (less than 1%) were stillbirths (a baby born without signs of life).
    • The stillbirth rate of 7 deaths per 1,000 births has not changed substantially since 2005, remaining between 7.0 and 7.8 per 1,000 births over this time.
    • Birth status is not recorded for a small number of births.
  • Around 1 in 18 babies (5.4% or 16,798) were Indigenous in 2015 (based on Indigenous status of the baby).
  • 3 in 4 babies were born to mothers living in New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland.



References

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2017. Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief. Perinatal statistics series no. 33. Cat no. PER 91. Canberra: AIHW.


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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2019, December 7) Embryology Australia’s mothers and babies 2015. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Australia%E2%80%99s_mothers_and_babies_2015

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