A newborn baby's health can be a key determinant of their health and wellbeing throughout life. Factors such as physical health, social wellbeing and exposure to harmful behaviours can influence health outcomes for both mothers and babies.

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1 in 4 women giving birth in 2019 were aged 35 or over

2 in 7 mothers aged 35 or over were giving birth for the first-time

More than half (55%) of mothers aged 40 and over gave birth by caesarean section

Almost half (46%) of Indigenous mothers aged 40 and over had given birth at least 4 times previously

One in 8 (13%) babies of mothers aged 40 and over were pre-term, compared with 8.2% of babies born to mothers aged 20–34