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released: 5 Aug 2014 author: AIHW media release

Birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers provides an overview of the birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers, including recent trends and information on factors associated with birthweight variation. According to data from the National Perinatal Data Collection, 3.9% of all births in 2011 were to Indigenous mothers. Excluding multiple births, 11.2% of liveborn singleton babies born to Indigenous mothers were of low birthweight—2.5 times the rate for non-Indigenous mothers (4.6%). Between 2000 and 2011, there was a statistically significant decline in the low birthweight rate among Indigenous mothers, and the gap in birthweight between babies born to Indigenous and non-Indigenous mothers declined significantly over this period.

ISBN 978-1-74249-606-1; Cat. no. IHW 138; 51pp.; Internet Only


Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso page
    • Acknowledgements
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Almost 4% of all babies born in 2011 were to Indigenous mothers
      • Newborns of Indigenous mothers were twice as likely to be of low birthweight
      • Gap in birthweight has narrowed over a decade
      • Decline in rate of pre-term births to Indigenous mothers and smoking during pregnancy
      • Indigenous babies
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Categorising birthweight
      • 1.2 Purpose and structure of this paper
      • 1.3 Data source
    • 2 Births
      • 2.1 Total births
      • 2.2 Indigenous mothers who gave birth
    • 3 Birthweight
      • 3.1 Birthweight in 2011
      • 3.2 Trends in birthweight
    • 4 Factors associated with birthweight variation
      • 4.1 Pre-term births
      • 4.2 Maternal smoking
      • 4.3 Antenatal care
      • 4.4 Other factors
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: Data source and technical notes
    • Appendix B: Comparison of NPDC and ABS data on live births
    • Appendix C: Additional tables
    • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2014. Birthweight of babies born to Indigenous mothers. Cat. no. IHW 138. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 August 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129548202>.

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