Overview

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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Latest findings

Routine relocation is a characteristic of the model in around 6% of models of care

The most common major model category is public hospital maternity care (40% of all models)

Caesarean section births are rising (from 32% in 2010 to 37% in 2020)

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

2% of older mothers were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

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

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