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Type of birth (vaginal, caesarean, forceps etc)

19 and under, 2018
67.419 and under, 2017
69.119 and under, 2016
71.319 and under, 2015
70.619 and under, 2014
70.719 and under, 2013
70.119 and under, 2012
71.619 and under, 2011
70.619 and under, 2010
70.619 and under, 2009
70.519 and under, 2008
71.819 and under, 2007
71.919 and under, 2006
74.419 and under, 2005
74.419 and under, 2004
74.619 and under, 2003
74.719 and under, 2002
75.819 and under, 2001
77.720-34, 2018
55.920-34, 2017
56.720-34, 2016
57.320-34, 2015
58.120-34, 2014
58.320-34, 2013
58.920-34, 2012
59.220-34, 2011
5920-34, 2010
59.620-34, 2009
60.320-34, 2008
61.120-34, 2007
61.820-34, 2006
62.120-34, 2005
62.820-34, 2004
63.720-34, 2003
64.420-34, 2002
65.420-34, 2001
66.735 and over, 2018
45.935 and over, 2017
46.635 and over, 2016
47.235 and over, 2015
47.935 and over, 2014
48.335 and over, 2013
48.635 and over, 2012
48.535 and over, 2011
48.335 and over, 2010
49.935 and over, 2009
50.335 and over, 2008
51.535 and over, 2007
51.735 and over, 2006
52.435 and over, 2005
52.935 and over, 2004
53.635 and over, 2003
54.235 and over, 2002
56.335 and over, 2001
57All ages, 2018
53.6All ages, 2017
54.5All ages, 2016
55.2All ages, 2015
56All ages, 2014
56.3All ages, 2013
56.8All ages, 2012
57.1All ages, 2011
56.9All ages, 2010
57.7All ages, 2009
58.2All ages, 2008
59.2All ages, 2007
59.9All ages, 2006
60.4All ages, 2005
61.2All ages, 2004
62.1All ages, 2003
62.8All ages, 2002
64.2All ages, 2001
65.4
  • + Source

    NSW Perinatal Data Collection (SAPHaRI). Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health.

  • + Notes

    Emergency caesarean section includes caesarean sections where the onset of labour was not stated. Data are based on mothers giving birth (that is multiple births are counted once).

    Data include all mothers who gave birth (stillbirth or live birth) in a NSW facility (or a home) regardless of place of permanent residence.

    The number of ‘not stated’ cases varied by geographic area and year. This may reduce the reliability of the estimates in the instances where ‘not stated’ cases are a large proportion.

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  • + Methods
  • + Codes
    • Codes: NSW Perinatal Data Collection

      The current data collection form for the NSW Perinatal Data Collection (PDC) commenced in 2016. Codes are described in the NSW Perinatal Data Collection Manual - 2016 Edition, which is available on the internet at http://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/ActivePDSDocuments/PD2015_025.pdf

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    • Key points: Pregnancy and the newborn period

      Recent trends

      In 2019 there were 95,133 births to 93,758 mothers in NSW, a decrease of 1.3% from 96,391 births in 2015. The percentage of multiple (twin and triplet) pregnancies has remained fairly stable over recent years at about 1.4%.

      Between 2015 and 2019:

      • The proportion of mothers who were teenagers continued to fall, from 2.5% to 1.7%.

      • The proportion of births to mothers over 35 years of age has increased slightly from 23.4% to 25.9%.

      • The rate of low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams) has remained stable, ranging from 6.4% to 6.8%.

      • The perinatal mortality rate was 8.0 per 1,000 births in 2019, decreased from 8.2 per 1,000 births in 2015.

      Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies

      Between 2015 and 2019:

      • The number of reported births to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers increased from 3,872 to 4,479, representing 4.0% and 4.7% respectively of all babies born in NSW.

      • The percentage of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers who were teenagers fell substantially from 15.4% to 10.5%.

      • The perinatal mortality rate of 10.3 per 1,000 births in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers in 2019 is higher than the rate of 7.9 per 1,000 births experienced among babies born to non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers.

      • The percentage of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mothers who commenced antenatal care before 14 weeks increased from 55.6% to 75.3%.

    • Introduction: Pregnancy and the newborn period

      Demography

      The health of Australian mothers and babies is generally good by world standards. Maternal deaths are rare, and perinatal mortality rates are low.

      The average woman in NSW can currently expect to give birth to 1.9 babies in her lifetime.

      NSW mothers are getting older with the mean maternal age at first birth around 29 years and at subsequent birth just over 30. The proportion of teenage mothers is declining.

      Burden of disease and social and economic disadvantage 

      Aboriginal mothers and babies, those from socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, and some overseas-born mothers and their babies continue to experience worse outcomes than other NSW mothers and babies.

    • Interventions: Pregnancy and the newborn period

      The NSW Ministry of Health maintains two population-based surveillance systems that collect information concerning pregnancy and birth: the NSW Perinatal Data Collection and the NSW Register of Congenital Conditions. They assist in monitoring the health of mothers and babies, and maternity service planning in NSW.

      The implementation of the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Strategy has improved access to culturally appropriate maternity services for Aboriginal mothers.

      The NSW Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Review Committee reviews each death of a mother or newborn baby to assess the cause and identify any possible avoidable factors. This information is used to improve services for mothers and babies.

    • For more information: Pregnancy and the newborn period

      Useful websites

      NSW Ministry of Health at http://health.nsw.gov.au, in particular see the annual New South Wales Mothers and Babies report, published by the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence. The latest edition is available at http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/hsnsw/Publications/mothers-and-babies-2018.pdf

      Australian Bureau of Statistics at http://www.abs.gov.au, in particular see Births (ABS Cat no 3301.0)

      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare at http://www.aihw.gov.au in general and in particular the AIHW's National Perinatal Statistics Unit and the annual publication: Australia’s mothers and babies.

      healthdirect at http://www.healthdirect.gov.au

      Population and Public Health Division. Improved reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on population datasets in New South Wales using record linkage–a feasibility study. Sydney: NSW Ministry of Health, 2012. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/hsnsw/Publications/atsi-data-linkage-report.pdf

      Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. Obstetrics Indicator User Manual. Sydney: ACHS. Available at: https://www.achs.org.au/

Last Updated At: Tuesday, 25 August 2020