Maternity Tables 2013

Published online: 
06 October 2015

The Maternity Tables 2013 present annual health statistics about women giving birth, their pregnancy and childbirth experience, and the characteristics of the live-born babies in New Zealand. The focus is on births in 2013.

A summary of the key findings is presented below. The excel file includes a further description on births in 2013 as well as selected graphs.

Key findings about births in 2013


  • In 2013, 59,227 women gave birth and 59,620 babies were live-born.
  • The birth rate was 65.6 per 1000 females of reproductive age.
  • The number of births and birth rate increased from 2004 to 2008 and has since been on a decreasing trend.

Women giving birth

  • Women giving birth in 2013 were predominantly in their late 20s and early 30s.
  • Almost half of women giving birth were European.
  • At least half of young, Māori and Pacific women giving birth resided in the most deprived areas.
  • Birth rates varied across the country.
  • 2 of every 5 women giving birth were first time mothers.
  • 45% of women giving birth had a healthy weight at first registration with a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC).
  • 13% of women who gave birth reported smoking at two weeks after birth.
  • The vast majority of women received primary maternity care from a community LMC.

Labour and birth

  • Two-thirds of women had a spontaneous vaginal birth and a quarter had a caesarean section.
  • A quarter of women giving birth in 2013 had an induction, their labour augmented or an epidural.
  • Most women gave birth at a secondary or tertiary maternity facility.


  • There was little change in average birthweight of babies.
  • Median gestation at birth was 39 weeks.
  • Most babies were exclusively or fully breastfed.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    06 October 2015
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2015. Maternity Tables 2013. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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