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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During 2020 and 2021, fewer than expected babies were born pre-term

During 2020 and 2021, fewer women had induced labour than expected

Birth rate increased after a period of decline (from 56 per 1,000 women in 2020 to 61 per 1,000 in 2021)

Average maternal age is increasing (from 30.0 years in 2011 to 31.1 in 2021)

Over 8,400 (3%) babies born in 2017 had a congenital anomaly

Circulatory system anomalies were found in 33% of babies with an anomaly, and musculoskeletal system anomalies in 24%

More reports and statistics on mothers & babies can be found under Children & youth and Men & women.