Baby boom continues while Indigenous
women mother earlier
As Australia’s baby boom continues by a full year, which in
a new report shows that Indigenous demographic terms is
women are becoming mothers at a enormous," she said.
younger age than their non-Indigenous "In 2007, women [giving
counterparts. They are also more likely birth] were nearly 30, while
to smoke throughout their pregnancy in 1998 they were nearly 29.
and are at higher risk of experiencing More than 14% of first-time
preterm birth. mothers were 35 or older,
The Australia’s mothers and babies compared with 9% in 1998.”
report 2007 reveals data collected But Professor Sullivan says overall, over half of Aboriginal women
about pregnancy and birth throughout the average age of first time Indigenous continue to smoke during pregnancy.
Australia. It shows the baby boom has mothers is currently five years younger "What we have found is the rate in 2007
continued with over 12,000 more births than non-Indigenous women. is 16.6 per cent but when we further
in 2007 than in 2006 and 14% more "Between one and five teenage mothers look at that, the rate for Aboriginal and
than in 2004. are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Torres Strait Islander is just over half—
Report author Professor Elizabeth Islander women, compared to one in 25 nearly 52 per cent," she said.
Sullivan said women are continuing to non-Indige