Maternal & perinatal health publications

Maternal & perinatal health publications

Information on maternal and perinatal health status in the ACT is contained in publications in ACT Health's Health Series. The data presented in these publications are sourced from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection. These publications in the Health Series on Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT are produced by the Population Health Division, ACT Health, in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network (ACTMPIN).

  • Health Series 51: Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 1999 - 2008
    This report provides an overview of maternal and perinatal health trends in the ACT primarily from 1999 to 2008. The data presented are primarily sourced from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection (ACT MPDC). A detailed description of the collection and methodology used is provided in Section 6.
    This is the seventh report in a series on Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT produced by the Epidemiology Section of the Population Health Division, ACT Health in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network.

    The total number of babies born increased by 22% between 1999 and 2008. The largest increases were seen between 2005 and 2008. In 2008, 5,589 women gave birth to 5,705 babies in the ACT.
Download: Health Series 51 Published: March 2011 (PDF File - 3345k)
  • Health Series 45: Perinatal Mortality in the ACT 2001 - 2005
    This is the first report of the ACT Perinatal Mortality Committee (ACT PMC), which was established in 2002. This report reviews data on perinatal mortality in the ACT for the years 2001 to 2005. Perinatal mortality rates are an indicator of the health status of a given population. The rate of perinatal deaths reflects the risk in the population of a fetus being stillborn or not surviving beyond 28 days of life.

    During the period 2001 to 2005, there were 321 perinatal deaths, of which 217 (67.6%) were for ACT residents. The ACT resident perinatal mortality rate was 10.6 per 1,000 total births. The ACT resident fetal death rate was 7.5 per 1,000 total births and the ACT resident neonatal mortality rate 3.2 per 1,000 live births.
Download: Health Series 45 Published: August 2008 (PDF File - 350k)
  • Health Series 44: Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 2000 - 2004
    This report provides an overview of maternal and perinatal health in the ACT from 2000 to 2004. The data presented are primarily sourced from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection (ACT MPDC). This is the sixth report in a series on Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT produced by the Population Health Division, ACT Health, in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network.

    Summary measures comparing the ACT with Australia indicate that the ACT was significantly less likely to have teenagers who gave birth and significantly more likely to have women aged 35 years and over giving birth for the first time. The percentage of women who reported smoking during pregnancy was significantly lower in the ACT. ACT resident women who gave birth in the ACT were significantly more likely to have a spontaneous onset of labour and an instrumental vaginal birth. They were significantly less likely to have a caesarean section. The percentage of episiotomies and induction of labour for primiparous women was also significantly lower in the ACT.
Download: Health Series 44 Published: December 2007 (PDF File - 1567k)
  • Health Series 36: Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 1997-2001
    This report provides an overview of maternal and perinatal health in the ACT from 1997 to 2001. The data presented are primarily sourced from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection.

    The total number of women giving birth in the ACT declined by 6.2% between 1997 and 2001, with a similar trend observed nationally. There were 4,414 women who gave birth to 4,513 babies in the ACT in 2001. The average age of women who gave birth in the ACT has increased from 28.6 years in 1991 to 30.0 years in 2001.

    A chapter on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander maternal and perinatal health is included in this report for the first time.
Download: Health Series 36 Published: September 2004 (PDF File - 1626k)
  • Health Series 32: Maternal & Perinatal Health ACT 1999
    This report provides information on maternal and perinatal health status in the ACT in 1999. The data presented are sourced from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection. Where rates per population are presented, these represent ACT residents only. All other statistics represent all births in the ACT, including those to usual residents of the surrounding Australian Capital Region.

    This is the fourth in a series on Maternal and Perinatal Health produced by the Population Health Division, ACT Health, in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network.
Download: Health Series 32 Published: June 2003 (PDF File - 556k)
  • Health Series 30 Perinatal Deaths in the ACT 1991-2000
    Perinatal death rates reflect the risk in the population of a fetus being stillborn or not surviving beyond 28 days of life. This report presents summary statistics on perinatal deaths in the ACT and Australia for the period 1991-2000, and discusses the higher rate of perinatal deaths in the ACT observed in 1998.

    We conclude that the higher rate of ACT perinatal deaths in 1998 noted in the 2002 Report on Government Services reflects the number of very low birth weight babies born that year. Whilst there is no evidence of a trend to increasing numbers of low birth weight babies in the ACT, this will be closely monitored. Since 1998 the rate of perinatal deaths in the ACT has not been significantly higher than observed nationally.
Download: Health Series 30 Published: June 2003 (PDF File - 170k)
  • Health Series 26 ACT Maternal and Perinatal 1998 Tables
    This report is the third in the series of reports produced by the Epidemiology Section, Population Health Group, for the Department of Health, Housing and Community Care in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network. This report aims to provide information on the maternal and perinatal health status in the ACT for 1998 from the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection.

    There were 4,645 women who gave birth to 4,737 babies in the ACT during 1998. The ACT accounted for 1.8% of women giving birth in Australia. The number of women giving birth in the ACT that were reported to the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection between 1994 and 1998 were 4731, 4830, 4701, 4708 and 4645 respectively.
Download: Health Series 26 Published: May 2001 (PDF File - 429k)
  • Health Series 25 ACT Maternal and Perinatal 1997 Tables
    The main purpose of this report is to present the findings from the 1997 data in the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection. The report has been produced in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network. It is the twenty fifth publication in the Health Series. This report was produced for the Department of Health and Community Care by the Epidemiology Section, Population Health.

    There were 4708 women who gave birth to 4785 babies in the ACT during 1997. The ACT accounted for 1.8% of women giving birth in Australia. There has been some fluctuation of the number of women giving birth in the ACT from 1994 to 1997 from 4731 and 4830 in 1994 and 1995 respectively to 4701 and 4708 in 1996 and 1997 respectively.
Download: Health Series 25 Published: March 2000 (PDF File - 576k)
  • Health Series 18: Maternal Perinatal Status 1994-96 ACT
    The main purpose of this report is to present the findings from the 1994-1996 data in the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection. The report has been produced in consultation with the ACT Maternal Perinatal Working Group. It is the eighteenth publication in the Health Series. This report was produced for the Department of Health and Community Care by the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Centre, Population Health.

    There were 4,701 women who gave birth resulting in 4,788 babies being born in the ACT in 1996. This represents slightly less confinements and births than in 1995, but a similar number to 1994.
Download: Health Series 18 Published: September 1998 (PDF File - 266k)

These publications drawn on the expertise and knowledge of several individuals and sections within ACT Health, Epidemiology Section, The Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, John James Memorial Hospital and ACT Community Health.

The authors also acknowledge the ACT Maternal Perinatal Information Network for their support and the expert advice throughout the development of these reports.

Many thanks to the midwives within the ACT for providing most of the information contained in these reports by completing the ACT Midwives Data Collection Form or by entering the data directly into PANDA (previously OBICARE) at The Canberra Hospital.

The authors are particularly grateful to colleagues in the Medical Records Department of each of the ACTs hospitals for their timely responses to data cleaning queries and to the Communications and Marketing Unit for its publishing assistance.

The Epidemiology Section is currently responsible for the ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection and the production of the Maternal and Perinatal Health publications within the Population Health Division.

Contact: Epidemiology Section
healthinfo@act.gov.au