Place of birth

Almost all births in Australia took place in hospitals, in conventional labour wards. Of mothers who gave birth in hospital 3 in 4 did so in a public hospital. Less than 4% of mothers gave birth in birth centres, at home, or in other settings (such as before arrival at hospital).

Home births are slightly more common among older mothers and mothers who have had 3 or more previous births, and are least common among first-time mothers.