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released: 16 Dec 2014 author: Hilder L, Zhichao Z, Parker M, Jahan S, Chambers GM media release

In 2012, 307,474 women gave birth to 312,153 babies in Australia. This was an increase of 10,343 births (3.4%) from that reported in 2011, and a total increase of 21.5% since 2003. Nationally, the proportion of teenage mothers (younger than 20) declined from 3.7% in 2011 to 3.6% in 2012, compared with 4.6% in 2003.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978-1-74249-672-6; Cat. no. PER 69; 137pp.; $18

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • Mothers
      • Antenatal factors
      • Indigenous mothers
      • Labour and delivery
      • Baby outcomes
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Purpose of this report
      • National Perinatal Data Collection
      • Data quality, presentation and interpretation issues
    • 2 Summary of births and women who gave birth in 2012
    • 3 Mothers
      • Demographic profile
      • Maternal age
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mothers
      • Geographical location of the mother's usual residence
      • Maternal characteristics
      • Parity
      • Previous caesarean sections
      • Assisted reproductive technology
      • Antenatal period
      • Antenatal visits
      • Duration of pregnancy at the first antenatal visit
      • Smoking during pregnancy
      • Body mass index
      • Labour and birth characteristics
      • Place of birth
      • Duration of pregnancy
      • Multiple pregnancy
      • Onset and type of labour
      • Pain relief during labour and operative delivery
      • Presentation at birth
      • Method of birth
      • Perineal status after vaginal birth
      • Pre-existing and pregnancy-related medical conditions
      • Women who gave birth in hospitals
      • Hospitals and birth centres
      • Hospital sector
      • Admitted patient election status
      • Method of birth and hospital sector
      • Length of stay in hospital
      • Mode of separation from hospital
      • Homebirths
    • 4 Babies
      • Demographic profile
      • Birth status
      • Month of birth
      • Sex
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies
      • Outcomes
      • Gestational age
      • Birthweight
      • Presentation at birth
      • Method of birth
      • Resuscitation at birth
      • Admission to special care nurseries or neonatal intensive care units
      • Hospital births
      • Length of stay in hospital of birth
      • Mode of separation from hospital
    • 5 Perinatal mortality
      • Definitions
      • Baby deaths
      • Fetal deaths
      • Neonatal deaths
      • Perinatal deaths
      • Causes of perinatal deaths
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: State and territory perinatal data collections, contacts and recent reports
      • Appendix B: Collection and collation of data for the National Perinatal Data Collection
      • Appendix C: Perinatal National Minimum Data Set items
      • Appendix D: Data quality statement National Perinatal Data Collection for 2012
      • Appendix E: Data used in figures
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • Related publications

Recommended citation

Hilder L, Zhichao Z, Parker M, Jahan S, Chambers GM 2014. Australia's mothers and babies 2012. Perinatal statistics series no. 30. Cat. no. PER 69. Canberra: AIHW.

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