Teenage Mothers in Australia 2015

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Teenage Mothers in Australia 2015

This report presents key statistics and trends for teenage mothers and their babies in Australia. Teenage mothers and their babies are more likely to experience broader disadvantage, have antenatal risk factors and have poorer maternal and baby outcomes during and after birth, than older mothers and their babies In Australia, the rate of teenage births has decreased between 2005 and 2015, from 17.5 births per 1,000 women to 11.4. In 2015, 8,268 babies were born to 8,203 teenage mothers aged less than 20, accounting for 2.7%of all mothers.

Key findings

  • Teenage mothers were 9 times as likely to live in the lowest socioeconomic (SES) areas compared to the highest SES areas
  • 1 in 4 teenage mothers smoked after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • The rate of teenage births in Australia is in decline, from 17.5 births per 1,000 women in 2005 to 11.4 in 2015
  • Babies of teenage mothers are 1.3 times as likely to be of low birthweight than babies of 20-24 year old mothers

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