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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Around 890 maternity models of care are in use across Australia and these fall into 11 major model categories

Around 41% of maternity services have 1 model of care; 59% have 2 or more models

Birth rate is falling (from 64 per 1,000 women in 2010 to 56 per 1,000 in 2020)

Average maternal age is increasing (from 30.0 years in 2010 to 30.9 in 2020)

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