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29 August 2018

Australia's mothers and babies 2016—in brief

This publication from the AIHW presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies. Some of the key findings included that more women are giving birth;  1 in 23 mothers were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;  both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and non-Indigenous mothers are older when giving birth; and the rate of multiple pregnancies has fallen. While almost all mothers attend antenatal care, only two-thirds attend in the first trimester. In relation to babies, more babies are being born; the stillbirth rate of 6.7 deaths per 1,000 births has decreased slightly but consistently following a recent peak of 7.8 per 1,000 births in 2009; baby boys (51%) slightly outnumber baby girls (49%) and 1 in 19 babies were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.