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released: 24 Nov 2010 author: Laws P, Li Z & Sullivan EA media release

In 2008, 292,156 women gave birth to 296,925 babies in Australia. The increase in births continued, with 2,720 more births (0.9%) than reported in 2007. This is the second year that the rate of caesarean section has not significantly increased with a 0.2% rise from 30.9% in 2007 to 31.1% in 2008.

ISSN 1321-8336; ISBN 978-1-74249-078-6; Cat. no. PER 50; 130pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • More births
      • Antenatal factors
      • Indigenous mothers
      • Labour and delivery
      • Baby outcomes
     
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • Purpose of this report
      • National Perinatal Data Collection
      • The Perinatal National Minimum Data Set
      • The National Perinatal Data Development Committee
      • Data quality, presentation and interpretation
      • Structure of this report
       
    2. Summary data
      • Women who gave birth and births
       
    3. Mothers
      • Demographic profile
      • Maternal characteristics
      • Antenatal period
      • Labour and birth characteristics
      • Women who gave birth in hospitals
      • Homebirths
       
    4. Babies
      • Demographic profile
      • Outcomes
      • Hospital births
       
    5. Special topic: instrumental vaginal births
    6. Perinatal mortality
      • Definitions
      • Fetal deaths
      • Neonatal deaths
      • Perinatal deaths
      • Causes of perinatal deaths
     
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: State and territory perinatal reports
      • Appendix 2: State and territory perinatal data collection contacts
      • Appendix 3: Perinatal National Minimum Data Set items
      • Appendix 4: Data used in figures
       
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

Laws P, Li Z & Sullivan EA 2010. Australia's mothers and babies 2008. Perinatal statistics series no. 24. Cat. no. PER 50. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 2 September 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442472399>.