The statistical information on hospital-based maternity events 2005 provides some health statistics on the pregnancy and childbirth characteristics of mothers who gave birth to babies (liveborn or stillborn), and the babies’ characteristics and outcomes. It also presents regional and national comparisons. The information is presented by calendar year and is drawn from the National Minimum Dataset. It does not include information on primary and community health maternity events and therefore presents an incomplete picture of the maternity services in New Zealand.
Primary and community health care data for 2005 were not available as at May 2008. When these data become available, they will be incorporate with the hospital information presented in this paper to produce the annual Report on Maternity.