Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015) Australia's mothers and babies 2013—in brief, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 24 March 2023.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2015). Australia's mothers and babies 2013—in brief. Canberra: AIHW.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's mothers and babies 2013—in brief. AIHW, 2015.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Australia's mothers and babies 2013—in brief. Canberra: AIHW; 2015.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2015, Australia's mothers and babies 2013—in brief, AIHW, Canberra.
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Australia’s mothers and babies 2013—in brief presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. This publication is designed to accompany the Perinatal data visualisations.
12% of women were smoking during pregnancy in 2013, a decrease from 15% in 2009
Almost 305,000 women gave birth to over 309,000 babies in 2013, with 97% of mothers delivering in hospitals
Around 1 in 5 women who smoked quit in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy
Over half of mothers aged 35 years and older gave birth by caesarean section, 3 times as high as teenage mothers (18%)
The National Perinatal Data Collection (NPDC) commenced in 1991 and is a collaborative effort by the AIHW and the states and territories. Perinatal data are collected for each birth in each state and territory, most commonly by midwives. The data are collated by the relevant state or territory health department and a standard de-identified extract is provided to the AIHW on an annual basis to form the NPDC.
What is included in the NPDC? The NPDC includes data elements that are mandatory for national reporting (29 data elements in 2013 that form the Perinatal National Minimum Data Set) as well as additional voluntary data items. Which births are counted? The NPDC includes both live and still births where gestational age is at least 20 weeks or birthweight is at least 400 grams, except in Western Australia, where births are included if gestational age is at least 20 weeks, or if gestation is unknown, birthweight is at least 400 grams. See Section 5 for more information about the NPDC.
Appendix A to C (288KB PDF)
Appendix A: Perinatal National Minimum Data Set items
Appendix B: State and territory perinatal data collections
Appendix C: Data quality, methods and interpretation
End matter: Glossary; Abbreviations; References; Acknowledgments
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