Worldwide more than half a million women die every year in pregnancy and childbirth.

The leading cause of maternal death is haemorrhage.

Every year in Australia:

• Over 1,700 babies are stillborn (the rate of stillbirths is almost double the number of deaths reported for all children between the ages of 1-14 years)

• 4,000 babies are born very early

• 7,600 babies are born very small

• One in ten women may experience high blood pressure in pregnancy, which sometimes can be life-threatening

• Babies born early and/or small are at increased risk of high blood pressure, stroke or diabetes in later life



 

 

Australian Mothers and Babies Report
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