In 2012, there were 18,295 births registered in Australia where one or both parents were Indigenous (six in every 100 births) . Overall, Indigenous women had more children and had them at younger ages than did non-Indigenous women.
Indigenous women had, on average, 2.7 births in their lifetime (compared with 1.9 births for all Australian women) . Around three-quarters of Indigenous mothers were 30 years or younger when they had their babies, compared with less than one-half of non-Indigenous mothers [Derived from ]. Around 19 in 100 Indigenous mothers were teenagers, compared with 3 in 100 for non-Indigenous mothers.
In 2011, babies born to Indigenous mothers weighed an average of 3,187 grams, almost 200 grams less than those born to non-Indigenous mothers . Babies born to Indigenous mothers were more than twice as likely to be of low birthweight (less than 2,500 grams) than those born to non-Indigenous mothers. Low birthweight can increase the risk of a child developing health problems.