Survival Rate Of Premature Babies Continues To Increase

Survival Rate Of Premature Babies Continues To Increase

South Australia Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas

Premmie Babies Surviving Early Arrival

Victor P Taffa

More tiny babies are being born in South Australian hospitals and more are surviving prematurity, according to data released in the Pregnancy Outcomes in South Australia 2015 report.

“It’s positive to see improvement in the survival rate of premature babies and continued recognition that South Australia is one of the safest places to give birth.” Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas said.

Latest report shows a gradual increase in preterm and low birthweight births over the past 36 years. Of all 2015 births, 9.6 % were preterm compared to 5.5 % in 1981 when data began being collected.

Number of low birthweight babies, born weighing less than 2,500 grams, has also increased to 7.6 % of all births.

“Safety and wellbeing of mothers and babies is vitally important, and it’s a credit to our wonderful doctors, nurses and midwives that South Australia continues to have such great results.” Epidemiology Director Dr. Katina D’Onsie said.

“We are also seeing that women are realising the dangers of smoking during pregnancy with that rate declining to 10.1 %, but it’s important to continue reinforcing that message so that rate declines further.”

Survival rate for premature babies is improving with the latest Maternal and Perinatal Mortality in South Australia 2015 report showing there were 35 neonatal deaths, at a mortality rate of 1.7 per 1,000 live births. There were 153 stillbirths and 3 maternal deaths.


Data on pregnancy outcomes and mortality is compiled to review all births and birth-related deaths. The information is collected from notifications by hospital and homebirth midwives and neonatal nurses.

Total number of births reported in 2015 was 20,154, a decrease of 595 compared to the previous year.