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A focus on women who gave birth, and the babies who were born, in New Zealand in 2012.


In 2012, 62,321 women were recorded as giving birth. This equates to a birth rate (the proportion of females aged 15–44 years in the population) of 68.9 per 1000 females of reproductive age, similar to the 2011 rate of 68.6 per 1000 females of reproductive age. Overall, birth rates remained stable from 2008 to 2012, ranging from 68.6 to 71.1 births per 1000 females of reproductive age.

The distribution of birth rates by age group, ethnic group and deprivation quintile of residence also remained fairly consistent over this time.

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