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Mothers and babies

Birth–1 year

Apgar scores

Apgar scores are clinical indicators that describe a baby’s condition shortly after birth. These scores are measured on a 10-point scale based on several criteria (AIHW 2022). An Apgar score of 7 or more at 5 minutes after birth indicates that the baby is adapting well post-birth.

In 2020, the majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies (97% or 17,503) had an Apgar score of 7–10 at 5 minutes after birth (Figure MB 10).