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Pregnancy outcome statistics

The Pregnancy Outcome Unit undertakes statewide monitoring of pregnancy characteristics and outcomes to identify population groups most at risk, determine preventive interventions and support the health and wellbeing of South Australian families.

The Pregnancy Outcome Unit is part of Wellbeing SA’s Epidemiology Branch and is the custodian of the following data collections:

  • The Perinatal Statistics Collection is based on midwife notifications of South Australian births since 1981. Data are provided to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and contributes to the annual report ‘Australia’s Mothers and Babies’ and other national reports such as those on births to Indigenous women.

  • Abortion statistics have been collated from medical practitioner notifications since 1970. These statistics are collated for the Committee appointed to examine and report on abortions notified in South Australia for its annual report to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

  • Maternal and perinatal deaths are collated for review by the Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Committee for quality assurance and monitoring patterns of cause of death, since 1986. An earlier Committee collected maternal death data from 1961 and perinatal death data from 1979.

  • The Pregnancy Outcome Unit also contributes important data to support the ongoing work of the South Australian Birth Defects Register at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. South Australian data on birth defects are also provided to the AIHW for national and international surveillance purposes.


Each year, the Pregnancy Outcome Unit publishes the Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia report. This report provides annual analyses on pregnancies, obstetric care and the health of newborn babies. Additionally, this report also contains information on abortion rates, home births, numbers of babies born by caesarean section in private and public hospitals and the percentage of women who smoke during pregnancy.

Alongside this the Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in South Australia report is also published. This report summarises and tabulates the annual findings of the reviews by the Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Committee.

Archived recommendations

Many South Australian Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Committee recommendations have been incorporated into South Australian policies, standards or guidelines. For a complete list of recommendations made by the Committee in previous years, please refer to the Archived Recommendations:

More information and requests for data

For more information about the collections supported by the Pregnancy Outcomes Unit contact the Pregnancy Outcome Unit via email: :

Data requests

For all data requests, please visit the data requests and ethics applications page

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