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Where can you find the birth statistics for your local hospital?

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.

Enter your post code into our Birth Services Revealed Database to see the performance statistics of your local hospitals.

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.

NSW Mothers & Babies Report 2006
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2009/mothers_babies.html
ACT Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 2000 – 2004
http://health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=da&did=10028987&pid=1069301345
NT
Mothers and Babies 2005: Northern Territory Midwives Collection
http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Publications/Health_Gains_Planning_Publications/index.aspx
VICTORIA
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
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/perinatal/pubs/majormorbidities.
A study on planned home births in Victoria is available here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12219422
SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Please visit the South Australia Health Department website for their available statistics here
http://dh.sa.gov.au/pehs/pregnancyoutcome.htm
Birth Matters has collected available statistical information to give more details on the care offered at each individual hospital. Download the Birth Choices Guide for South Australia (PDF, 148 kB). Visit their website for more details http://sabirthmatters.org.au/
QUEENSLAND
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 Dept of Health is here
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/hic/default.asp
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Hospital specific data is not publicly available. General data is available here:
http://www.health.wa.gov.au/publications/subject_index/p/Perinatal_infant_maternal.cfm
www.birthrites.org is currently compiling data on local hospitals. Please contact them for more details.
TASMANIA
http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/

New South Wales
View individual hospital statistics in our Birth Service revealed database here.

Additional information is available in the NSW Mothers & Babies Report 2006
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2009/mothers_babies.html

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
http://health.act.gov.au/c/health?a=da&did=10028987&pid=1069301345

Northern Territory
View individual hospital statistics in our Birth Service revealed database here.

Additional information is available in the Mothers and Babies 2005: Northern Territory Midwives Collection
http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Publications/Health_Gains_Planning_Publications/index.aspx

Victoria
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
http://www.health.vic.gov.au/perinatal/pubs/majormorbidities

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.

South Australia
Please visit the South Australia Health Department website for their available statistics here
http://dh.sa.gov.au/pehs/pregnancyoutcome.htm

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/

Queensland
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
http://www.health.qld.gov.au/hic/default.asp

Western Australia
Hospital specific data is not publicly available. General data is available here:
http://www.health.wa.gov.au/publications/subject_index/p/Perinatal_infant_maternal.cfm

Birth Rites at http://www.birthrites.org is currently compiling data on local hospitals. Please contact them for more details.

Tasmania
http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/

Australia Wide

Australia’s Mothers and Babies Report 2007 is available here:
http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/10972

Home Birth

For statistics on Home Birth in Australia, please visit out Home Birth Statistics page here.

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3 Responses to “Where can you find the birth statistics for your local hospital?”
  1. Charlotte

    What a valuable resource this is for attempting to find out stats for the rates of interventions etc. Unfortunately living in Victoria means I am having to wait for the facility to supply the info to me… I will definitely be writing to the Health Minister as suggested, to ask for this info to be publicly available.

  2. Gretel

    I’m keen to know statistics about number of multiple births at local hospitals and number baby people are having (ie. so many people having their second baby, so many having their third and so on). Is this kind of information available?

    Cheers

    Gretel

  3. terry stockdale

    I’m an Independent midwife and wish to see how the only hospital available in the public service stcks up
    for my clients when we transfer in

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