Here at My Birth we have collected all the publicly available birth statistics so you can easily check the birth outcomes at your local hospitals and care providers. For the first time you can now get a snapshot of the overall performance of your local hospitals when choosing where to birth - normal vaginal birth rates, epidural and induction rates, caesarean section rates and more.
Unfortunately not all States & Territories in Australia choose to make this information publicly available for each hospital so we are not able to provide the statistics for all States in the Birth Services Revealed database.
You can ask your local hospital directly for their statistics and you can ask your care providers for their statistics too. Never be afraid to ask for your care providers or hospitals statistics. You have a right to know this information.
We believe it is essential for Australian women to have this information when they are choosing where to give birth. If you live in one of the States that does not have this information publicly available please contact your Health Minister and request that this information be made public and easily accessible for women.
If you wish to investigate your local services statistics further or see the general information for your area – please see the links below for each State and Territory.
The following States and Territories publish the hospital specific statistics.
Additional information is available in the NSW Mothers & Babies Report 2006
Australian Capital Territory
View individual hospital statistics in our Birth Service revealed database here.
Additional information is available in the ACT Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 2000 – 2004
Additional information is available in the Mothers and Babies 2005: Northern Territory Midwives Collection
Please visit the Victorian Department of Health website http://www.health.vic.gov.au/maternitycare/ for more information on the maternity services available in Victoria or to download a PDF report of the Performance Statistics of Victorian Public Hospitals.
The Victorian Perinatal Data Report is available here: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/perinatal/pubs/births-vic
Also available is the reports on major morbidities associated with childbirth in Victoria
A study on planned home births in Victoria is available here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12219422
The following States choose not to make this information publicly available.
Please visit the South Australia Health Department website for their available statistics here
Birth Matters has collected available statistical information to give more details on the care offered at each individual hospital in the very informative Birth Choices Guide for South Australia. Visit their website for more details http://sabirthmatters.org.au/
No hospital specific data publicly available. The Queensland Mothers and Babies Centre is working to collect information and statistics for a website being built.
Available data from the Department of Health is here
Hospital specific data is not publicly available. General data is available here:
Birth Rites at http://www.birthrites.org is currently compiling data on local hospitals. Please contact them for more details.
Australia’s Mothers and Babies Report 2007 is available here:
For statistics on Home Birth in Australia, please visit out Home Birth Statistics page here.