Mum's the word for SA women in their 30s

Thursday, 1 December 2016

More South Australian women are choosing their 30s as the time for motherhood, according to data released today.

SA Health Epidemiology Director Dr Katina D'Onise said the Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2014 reportshows a continuing trend of women choosing to have children later in life.

“We’ve seen fertility rates increasing in the 30-34, 35-39 and 40+age groups, with the highest overall fertility rate of around 126 per 1,000 women recorded in the 30-34 year age group,” Dr D'Onise said.

“The proportion of women aged over 35 giving birth also increased from 4.6 per cent in 1981 to 20.6 per cent in 2014, while the rate of first time mothers within this age range grew from 1.2 per cent to 12.9 per cent over the same period.

“Meanwhile, teenage pregnancy rates are at their lowest since recording began in 1970, with 22 per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years giving birth in 2014.”

Key statistics from the Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2014 report include:

  • The total number of reported births for 2014 was 20,749, an increase of 486 on the previous year.
  • The total fertility rate was 1.83 live births per woman in 2014, compared with 1.91 in 2007, 2008 and 2012, which were the highest rates in the past decade.
  • The average age of women giving birth in 2014 was 29.9 years, an increase from 26.6 years in 1981.
  • Multiple births accounted for 2.9 per cent of births, while women with twins or triplets accounted for 1.4 per cent of all women who gave birth in 2014.

The Maternal, Perinatal and Infant Mortality in South Australia 2014 report was also released and showed that in 2014 there were 145 stillborn babies and 39 neonatal deaths, and no maternal deaths.

The 2014 stillbirth rate was 7.0 per 1,000 births, lower than the 2013 national rate of 7.4 per 1,000.

The 2014 neonatal mortality rate of 1.9 per 1,000 live births was the lowest recorded in South Australian history, significantly lower than the 2013 national rate of 2.4 per 1,000 live births.

Meanwhile, the Annual Report of the Abortion Reporting Committee for the Year 2014 reports a total of 4,650 terminations of pregnancy, 31 fewer than in 2013.

There were 13.8 terminations of pregnancy per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.

To view these reports, see the Pregnancy outcome statistics page.

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