Briefing paper

27 Sep 2018

The widespread use of alcohol during pregnancy is a significant public health concern in Australia. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, caused by maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy, increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and FASD.

Journal article

31 Jan 2018

This research examined iTaukei women's awareness and practice of family planning methods. The research was conducted in New Zealand and Fiji to ascertain differences in behaviour within the context of changing developmental settings.


10 Nov 2017

The longest running cohort study of aboriginal health will be continued thanks to $12 million dollar cash injection by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


26 Oct 2017

Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.


1 Mar 2017

Provides detailed information about the experiences of care for women during various stages of the maternity journey, highlighting where NSW performs well, and potential areas for improvement.

Key Findings:

1) A statewide survey of 4,739 women who gave birth in a NSW...

Audio interview

2 Jan 2017

How do you tell a couple who are desperate for a child that they can't conceive? Then how do you tell them their last resort—paying a woman, usually in a developing country, to be a surrogate mother—is an ethical minefield?

Cambodia recently joined a...


25 Nov 2016

Presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

Systematic review

30 Apr 2016

Multiple models of surrogacy exist internationally, each contributing different protections to surrogacy arrangements. Commercial surrogacy arrangements can be successfully managed without necessarily resulting in exploitation of, or harm to the involved parties. It is possible for Australians to engage in Cross Border Surrogacy (CBS) in...


14 Dec 2015

The rate of women aged between 15-44 years giving birth is higher than a decade ago, according to this report.

Summary - Mothers at a glance

Women are giving birth later in life

The average age of all women who...


29 Oct 2015

This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia. Data refer to births registered during the calendar year shown, unless otherwise stated. State or territory relates to the state or territory of usual residence, unless otherwise stated.

This issue contains a...


20 Oct 2015

Fertility patterns in the world have changed dramatically over the last few decades. Global fertility has reached unprecedented low levels, yet stark differences persist in childbearing patterns across countries and regions. The population and development implications of these diverse fertility patterns are directly relevant for...


2 Sep 2015

This report presents findings on the impact of maternity quality and safety programmes in New Zealand.


Local maternity quality and safety programmes have been operating in each district health board (DHB) since 2012 and have raised the profile of maternity quality...


18 Aug 2015

This report discusses barriers to, and opportunities for, the collection of data on screening for domestic violence during pregnancy.


Domestic violence (DV), defined in this paper as 'acts of violence that occur between people who have, or have had, an intimate...


30 Jun 2015

Overview: Thalidomide was an over-the-counter ‘wonder drug’, marketed to pregnant women in the 1950s and 1960s to treat morning sickness and anxiety. Lyn Rowe was born in Melbourne in 1962 with no arms and no legs after her mother took the drug during her...


10 Jun 2015

This is the 16th report on women in Australia who die in association with pregnancy and childbirth.

Authored by AIHW, Humphrey MD, Bonello MR, Chughtai A, Macaldowie A, Harris K and Chambers GM.


Maternal deaths in Australia 2008-2012 provides...


15 Apr 2015

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...


17 Dec 2014

Summary: A ustralia's mothers and babies 2012 is the twenty-second annual report on pregnancy and childbirth in Australia. In 2012, a total of 307,474 women gave birth to 312,153 babies. This is a 3.4% increase in the total number of births compared with that...


27 Oct 2014

Provides information on antenatal care, live births, low birthweight babies, hospitalisations (all and selected causes), disability, mortality, child protection, juvenile justice, alcohol and other drug use and aged care for 29 remote Indigenous communities.

Summary The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Service Delivery...


24 Oct 2014

The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators are the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and maternity stakeholders representing consumer, midwifery, obstetric, general practice, paediatric, and anaesthetic perspectives. In 2011 an expert working group established a set of 12 maternity clinical indicators that could...


23 Oct 2014

Contains statistics on live births and fertility for Australia, states and territories, and sub-state regions, based on calendar year of registration data.

About this issue

This publication brings together statistics for live births and fertility in Australia. Data refer to births registered...



Items: 33