NSW Health has released the latest Mother and Babies Report for births in NSW between January 1 2016 - 31 December 2016. To read the full report click here.
The report provides an interesting snapshot of what it’s like to give birth in the Illawarra.
There were 4534 babies born in the illawarra shoalhaven in 2016
this is up slightly from 4507 in 2015
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Location of births in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area
Normal vaginal birth
Forceps Assisted Vaginal Delivery
Vacuum Assisted Vaginal delivery
"Among NSW mothers, the rate of normal vaginal birth decreased from 57.1% in 2012 to 55.2% in 2016. The caesarean section rate increased from 31.1% to 32.9%, while the rate of instrumental birth (forceps and vacuum extraction) remained steady at about 11.5%." (page 20 of report)
Induction and augmentation
"The proportion of mothers reporting any smoking during pregnancy declined from 10.4% in 2012 to 8.3% in 2016. Of mothers who smoked during pregnancy in 2016, 26.7% stopped smoking in the first half of pregnancy." (page 10)
Intact perineum (no tears or episiotomy)
Tragically there were 13 stillbirths in the Illawarra in 2016. However this is down from 31 in 2015.
average length of postnatal stay
Vaginal birth after caesarean section
If you would like to compare the 2016 statistics to 2015 click here