Tuesday, 16 April 2024
    Lowest birth rate in decade

    Lowest birth rate in decade

    The proportion of teenage parents has plummeted, while more women in their 30s and 40s are giving birth, new data has revealed, SBS News reports.

    Australia has reported its lowest birth rate in more than a decade, as the average age of first-time parents continues to increase.

    The country's birth rate fell significantly between 2007 and 2020, from 66 per 1,000 people to 56 per 1,000 people.

    As for the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of babies born declined by about 7,100 between 2019 and 2020, equating to a more than 2 per cent drop, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released this month.

    The average age for giving birth rose from 30 in 2010 to 30.9, with the proportion of teenage parents falling from 3.8 to 1.8 per cent in the decade to 2020.

    The proportion of parents aged 40 and over also went up slightly to 4.5 per cent in 2020.

    Parents aged 40 and over were more commonly delivered via caesarean sections.

    Overall, caesarean sections accounted for more than one in three births in 2020, up by five per cent in the previous decade.

    In 2020, nearly one in eight expectant parents accessed antenatal care in their first trimester of pregnancy, which was an increase of 16 per cent since 2012.

    That wasn't the case in remote areas, where the proportion of parents accessing that care in their first trimester hovered about 70 per cent, institute spokeswoman Deanna Eldridge noted.


    Australia reports lowest birth rate in more than a decade, as age increases for first-time parents (SBS News)


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