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released: 16 Dec 2004 author: Laws P & Sullivan EA media release

This is the twelfth report in the annual series prepared by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's National Perinatal Statistics Unit (NPSU), providing national information on the pregnancy and childbirth of mothers and their babies. Two special features are included in this year's report: a chapter on homebirths and birth centre births, and a chapter on births from assisted reproductive technology (ART). The report also provides data on the number of mothers with a history of previous caesarean section and their current method of birth, and the type of anaesthetic administered for operative deliveries.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978 1 74024 437 4; Cat. no. PER 28; 105pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (172KBPDF)
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Highlights
  • Body section (353KBPDF)
    1. Introduction
    2. Summary measures of perinatal health
    3. Mothers
    4. Babies
    5. Special topic: Homebirths and birth centre births
    6. Special topic: Assisted reproductive technology births births
    7. Babies in level III neonatal intensive care units
    8. Perinatal Mortality
  • End matter (153KBPDF)
    • Appendix A: State and territory pre-existing and pregnancy-related medical conditions and labour complications data
    • Appendix B: Perinatal National Minimum Data Set items
    • Appendix C: State and territory perinatal reports
    • Appendix D: data collection contacts
    • Abbreviations
    • Glossary
    • References

Recommended citation

Laws P & Sullivan EA 2004. Australia's mothers and babies 2002. Perinatal statistics series no. 15. Cat. no. PER 28. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 December 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467675>.