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Medical and socio-medical characteristics of newborns

Pre-term birth rate
2023
6.8%
Sunk -1.4 percent points compared to 2013
Caesarean rate
2023
32.4%
Gone up +3.0 percent points compared to 2013
Low birth weight rate
2023
6.0%
Sunk -0.9 percent points compared to 2013

Recording medical and socio-medical data at birth provides important information about the course of birth as well as the health status of newborns, which have a decisive influence on the chances of survival in the first months as well as on future health. Indicators such as caesarean or preterm birth rates and growth indicators can be calculated.

The legal basis for birth statistics is the Civil Status Act as well as the Midwives Act, which specifies all the characteristics to be reported by the midwife at a birth. The statistics on the medical characteristics of births refer only to births to mothers whose main residence is in Austria and which occurred in Austria.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Vital statistics. Compiled on 21 June 2024. – Life birth of mothers with main residence in Austria, place of birth in Austria.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Vital statistics. Compiled on 21 June 2024. – Life birth of mothers with main residence in Austria, place of birth in Austria.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Vital statistics. Compiled on 21 June 2024. – Life birth of mothers with main residence in Austria, place of birth in Austria.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Vital statistics. Compiled on 21 June 2024. – Life birth of mothers with main residence in Austria, place of birth in Austria. – Pre-term rate refers to live birth with gestational age 22+0 to 36+6.

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Vital statistics. Compiled on 21 June 2024. – Life birth of mothers with main residence in Austria, place of birth in Austria.

Date Title PDF download
2024-06-21 file One in three babies delivered by caesarean section in 2023
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2023-07-20 file Nearly one in three live births caesarean in 2022
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2022-07-07 file Nearly one in three live births caesarean in 2021
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