Australian Births Hit Record High In 2021

Australian Births Hit Record High In 2021

CANBERRA, Jun 29 (NNN-AAP) – A record number of babies were born in Australia in 2021, government data revealed. According to a new report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), today, there were 315,705 births in Australia in 2021.

It represents an increase of approximately 20,000, or 6.7 percent, from 2020.

In 2021, the birth rate was 61 per 1,000 women of reproductive age (aged 15-44 years), up from 56 in 2020, but still lower than the 2007 peak of 66 per 1,000.

The average age of first-time mothers increased to 29.7 years compared to 28.4 years in 2011, as the trend of Australians having children later in life continued.

In 2021, around one in four women who gave birth were aged 35 years and over.

Despite higher risks of health complications associated with later-in-life pregnancies, most mothers aged 35 years and above and their babies do well, according to AIHW.

“We continue to see a consistent downward trend in the number of women who smoke while pregnant,” AIHW spokesperson, Deanna Eldridge, said, in a media release.

In 2021, 8.7 percent of mothers reported smoking during their pregnancy, down from 13 percent in 2011. Furthermore, more than one in five mothers who smoked at the start of their pregnancy quit after the first 20 weeks.


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