Report – Australia's mothers and babies 2016: In brief

Report – Australia's mothers and babies 2016: In brief

6 August 2018

This report presents key statistics and trends on Australian mothers and their babies.

This report is published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Australia's mothers and babies 2016 - in brief presents an overview of key statistics about Australian mothers and babies from the AIHW National Perinatal Data Collection. It also looks at trends of pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

Some key findings of the report include: 

  • 43% of Indigenous mothers smoked during pregnancy in 2016 compared with 50% in 2009
  • 1 in 3 mothers had a caesarean section in 2016
  • 69% of mothers received antenatal care in the 1st trimester in 2016 compared with 63% in 2010
  • 12% of women who gave birth in 2016 had gestational diabetes 
  • Around 310,200 women gave birth to almost 314,800 babies in 2016.

Read the full report on the AIHW website.

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