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released: 9 Dec 2008 author: Laws P & Hilder L media release

Australia's mothers and babies 2006 is the sixteenth report providing information on births in Australia from perinatal data collections for each state and territory. The report presents demographic, pregnancy and childbirth factors of women who gave birth in 2006 and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. The report is produced by the AIHW National Perinatal Statistics Unit based at the University of New South Wales and can be used by researchers, academics, students, policy makers and health service planners, and those providing services in reproductive health.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978 1 74024 865 5; Cat. no. PER 46; 104pp.; Internet Only

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Publication table of contents

Preliminary material

  • Half verso and verso pages
  • Title and verso pages
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Key findings

Body sections

1. Introduction

  • Purpose of this report
  • Structure of this report
  • The Perinatal National Minimum Data Set
  • The National Perinatal Data Development Committee
  • National Perinatal Data Collection
  • Explanatory notes
  • Data quality
  • Data presentation

2. Summary data

  • Women who gave birth and births
  • Summary measures of perinatal health

3. Mothers

  • Demographic profile
  • Geographical location of the mother's usual residence
  • Maternal characteristics and risk factors
  • Labour and birth characteristics
  • Women who gave birth in hospitals
  • Homebirths
  • Maternal mortality

4. Babies

  • Demographic profile
  • Outcomes
  • Hospital births

5. Perinatal mortality

  • Definitions
  • Neonatal deaths
  • Fetal deaths
  • Perinatal deaths

End matter


  1. Data used in figures
  2. Perinatal National Minimum Data Set items
  3. State and territory perinatal reports
  4. State and territory perinatal data collection contacts



List of tables

List of figures 

Recommended citation

Laws P & Hilder L 2008. Australia's mothers and babies 2006. Perinatal statistics series no. 22. Cat. no. PER 46. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 22 July 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442468191>.

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