Report on Maternity 2000 & 2001

Published online: 
01 April 2003

Summary

This is the second in the series of annual data analysing New Zealand maternity services. It contains information on the outcomes, availablity and utilisation of maternity services for women who gave birth in New Zealand in 2000 and 2001.

The report contains data from the recently established Maternal and Newborn Information System (MNIS). MNIS currently contains extracts of hospital discharge data from the National Minimum Dataset (MNDS) and data from payment claims submitted to Health Benefits.

In New Zealand in 2000, 54,946 mothers gave birth and 55,477 babies were born in hospital, while in 2001 there were 53,805 mothers who gave birth to 54,288 babies in hospital.
 

 

 
2000
2001
No.
%
No.
%
Mothers
54,946
 
53,805
 
Liveborn babies
55,477
 
54,288
 
Perinatal deaths:
Stillbirths
406
0.7
379
0.7
In-hospital neonatal deaths
191
0.3
134
0.2
Type of birth:
Normal births
37,601
68.4
36,364
67.6
Caesarean sections
11,431
20.8
11,891
22.1
Operative births
5914
10.8
5550
10.3

While the MNIS can provide answers to a wide range of queries, data quality limitations affect the robustness of the analyses. Addressing data quality issues will increase confidence in any analysis based on data held in the MNIS. The report on maternity for 2000 and 2001 should therefore be considered another step in production of reliable information for mothers, medical practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers and funders of maternity services in New Zealand.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    01 April 2003
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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