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.

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

Featured reports

Latest findings

Maternal death was 5 times more likely in women who smoked during pregnancy compared with women who did not smoke

More than 30% of perinatal deaths were caused by a congenital anomaly

Every day in Australia, 6 babies are stillborn and 2 die within 28 days of birth (neonatal death)

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

2% of older mothers were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Highlights