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Time spent in hospitals and emergency departments

Length of stay for childbirth

Around 300,000 children are born in Australia each year, and about 70% of these births take place in public hospitals. The data presented here relate to women who had a vaginal or caesarean delivery without complications and who stayed one or more nights.

Vaginal delivery: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 211 stays for vaginal delivery, of which 95% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 201 2.7 days 2.5 days 535
2012–13 198 3.2 days 2.6 days 633
2011–12 211 3.5 days 2.8 days 744
2010–11 202 3.6 days 2.9 days 722
2009–10 198 3.3 days 2.9 days 653

Caesarean delivery: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 125 stays for caesarean delivery, of which 100% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 125 3.5 days 3.6 days 440
2012–13 104 3.9 days 3.7 days 408
2011–12 110 4.5 days 3.9 days 490
2010–11 105 4.4 days 4.0 days 462
2009–10 92 4.3 days 4.2 days 391