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Surgeries & procedures

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 1,483 stays for vaginal delivery, of which 89% were overnight stays.

Year Number of overnight stays Average length of stay Peer group average Total overnight patient bed days
2013–14 1,315 2.0 days 2.3 days 2,674
2012–13 1,322 2.1 days 2.4 days 2,725
2011–12 1,185 2.3 days 2.5 days 2,725
2010–11 1,158 2.4 days 2.5 days 2,765
2009–10 1,191 2.4 days 2.5 days 2,807

Caesarean delivery: average length of stay

In 2013–14, there were a total of 573 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
2013–14 573 3.7 days 3.5 days 2,101
2012–13 519 3.9 days 3.7 days 2,000
2011–12 526 4.0 days 3.8 days 2,097
2010–11 461 3.9 days 3.8 days 1,810
2009–10 449 4.1 days 3.9 days 1,824