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Latest birth statistics for the Illawarra


Latest birth statistics for the Illawarra

Amelia Coleman

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

This post is best viewed on a desktop, to see the actual figures click or hover over each column.

Location of births in the Illawarra Shoalhaven area

Normal vaginal birth

*This means no vacuum or forceps were used

Forceps Assisted Vaginal Delivery

Caesarean Rate

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)


Spontaneous Labour

This means labour starts without induction

Induction and augmentation

Epidural Use

"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)

Episiotomy rate

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

Definition: Total number of women delivering vaginally following a previous primary caesarean section at 20 weeks or greater gestation as a percentage of the total number of women delivering by any route who have had a previous primary caesarean section at 20 weeks or greater gestation and no intervening pregnancies

If you would like to compare the 2016 statistics to 2015 click here