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Mothers and babies

Birth–1 year


What happens during pregnancy and birth can have important lifelong implications for the health of both mothers and babies. In 2018, 4.6% of all women who gave birth identified as being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander. These 13,754 women gave birth to 13,962 babies. Around 1 in 18 (5.7% or 17,263) of all babies born were Indigenous (based on the Indigenous status of the baby).

This section provides information about Indigenous mothers and babies.

You can also find regional statistics in the Regional overview dashboard; search for your community and select the relevant topic.

Key facts

of Indigenous women who gave birth in 2018 had antenatal care in the first trimester


Indigenous women who gave birth in 2018 (12%) were aged under 20 years


Indigenous babies were born in 2018


of Indigenous babies born in 2018 had a healthy birthweight

Indigenous babies born in 2018
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