Birth outcome indicators
The National Core Maternity Indicators (NCMIs) associated with birth outcomes present information on measures of outcome between 2004 and 2021.
Data for these indicators are presented by jurisdiction of birth, and at the national level by hospital’s size (as measured by annual number of births), hospital sector, and mother’s First Nations status. Some indicators are presented by remoteness, disadvantage quintile and other data groupings where relevant.
Three birth outcome indicators are presented in this report. Table 3 shows the proportion for the current year (2021) and the baseline year for each indicator, enabling comparison between these 2 points in time.
|Indicator number||Indicator||Baseline year||Baseline (%)||Current year 2021 (%)|
|PI 04||Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes for births at or after term||2004||0.9||1.3|
|PI 10||Small babies among births at or after 40 weeks gestation||2004||2.1||1.1|
|PI 13a||Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal first births||2013||5.2||4.5|
|PI 13b||Third and fourth degree tears for all vaginal births||2013||3.0||2.7|