Katy Gallagher is celebrating another big bump in the number of babies being produced in Canberra.
Well, being produced up until 2008, because if the stats were too up to date it could be a dangerous thing.
The Maternal and Perinatal Health in the ACT 1999 – 2008 report is the source of the excitement.
A headline increase of 22% more births a year over the period is a substantial cause for celebration (and building more schools), but Katy also has other news from the report:
— While the majority of women who gave birth in the ACT from 1997 to 2008 had a normal birth, the proportion has decreased significantly over time (1997: 66%, 2008: 57%)
— Over the same time period, the percentage of women having a caesarean section increased significantly (1997: 20%, 2008: 30%)
— ACT women overall were significantly less likely to smoke during pregnancy than the rest of Australia
Younger women (less than 25 years) were significantly more likely to smoke than older women who gave birth.
— The smoking rate for teenage women who gave birth was nearly 50%
— The fertility rate for teenage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who gave birth in the ACT was four times higher than the rate for non-Aboriginal women
— The percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who reported smoking during pregnancy increased from 41% to 49% between 2000 and 2008.