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released: 24 Oct 2007 author: Leeds K, Gourley M, Laws P, Zhang J, Al-Yaman F & Sullivan EA media release

Indigenous mothers and their babies, Australia 2001-2004 provides information on births to Indigenous mothers in Australia from perinatal data collections for each state and territory. The report presents demographic, pregnancy and childbirth factors of Indigenous women who gave birth in 2001-2004. This report also includes information on demographic and birth trends over the period 1991 to 2004 and a chapter on the quality of Indigenous status data in the state and territory perinatal data collections.This report is produced by the AIHW National Perinatal Statistics Unit based at the University of New South Wales and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Unit. It will be particularly useful for researchers, policy makers, health service planners and those providing services in reproductive health.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978 1 74024 729 0; Cat. no. PER 38; 104pp.; Out of print

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material (174KB PDF)
    • Half title and verso pages
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Key findings
  • Sections
    • Sections 1 - 3 (246KB PDF) 1
      1. Introduction
        • Key maternal factors and perinatal outcomes
        • The Perinatal National Minimum Data Set
        • Key data sources
        • Data quality
        • Structure of this report
      2. Summary data
        • Summary
        • Indigenous population
        • Indigenous women and births
        • Summary measures of perinatal health
      3. Indigenous mothers
        • Summary
        • Demographics
        • Maternal characteristics and risk factors
        • Labour and birth characteristics
        • Indigenous women who gave birth in hospital
    • Sections 4 - 6 (279KB PDF)
      1. Babies of Indigenous mothers
        • Summary
        • Demographic profile
        • Outcomes
        • Hospital births
        • Perinatal mortality
      2. Assessment of Indigenous status data quality, 1991 to 2004
        • Summary
        • Introduction
        • Methods of assessment
        • The AIHW survey to assess the quality of Indigenous identification in perinatal data
        • Analysis of the Indigenous status of mothers
        • Conclusions and recommendations on trend analysis of perinatal data
        • Where to next
      3. Trends
        • Summary
        • Background
        • Maternal age
        • Age of first-time mothers
        • Caesarean sections
        • Birthweight
        • Gestational age
        • Fetal deaths
  • End matter (195KB PDF) 1
    • Appendix
      • Technical and explanatory notes
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

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  1. The caption for table 2.2 should read "Proportion of women who gave birth who were Indigenous..." rather than "Proportion of Indigenous women who gave birth..." (24 October 2007).

Recommended citation

Leeds K, Gourley M, Laws P, Zhang J, Al-Yaman F & Sullivan EA 2007. Indigenous mothers and their babies, Australia 2001-2004. Perinatal statistics series no. 19. Cat. no. PER 38. Canberra: AIHW.

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