Matilda Maternity Statistics

There is just so much to learn and think about when you are expecting a new baby, so to help you, we have shared some up-to-date stats about having a baby at Matilda from the first half of 2022 that you may find useful.
As a member of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) accreditation body the Matilda Maternity Unit benchmarks clinical outcomes against maternity units who submitted data internationally, including Australia (data *aggregated from maternity indicators received from up to 138 hospitals). The statistics in the tables are based on ladies giving birth for the first time ‘primipara’ (apart from vaginal delivery following previous birth by caesarean section) as this is the standard collection criteria for ACHS.

Type of Deliveries

 Matilda*ACHS benchmark
Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
A higher rate for this indicator is desirable
45.7% 32.8%
Caesarean Section
A lower rate for this indicator is desirable
34.3% 43.1%

 Matilda rates are for all deliveries, including those for auspicious times. For information on the caesarean section rate specific to your obstetrician please check with them.

Neonatal Wellbeing
 Matilda*ACHS benchmark

Normal Apgar score
(≥ 7 at 5 minutes post-delivery)
A higher rate for this indicator is desirable

99.1% 99.2%

The Apgar score is a method for reporting the physiological status of your baby in the first few minutes after birth.

On average 3% of babies who require closer monitoring are transferred to our Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) with an average stay of 3.1 days.

Should a baby require intensive care they would be transferred to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) within a Government hospital. Often parents choose to transfer to a Government hospital if the baby is not covered by insurance. The average number of babies transferred to Government hospitals was less than 1% of deliveries in 2022.

Assistance and Intervention
A lower rate for this indicator is desirable

 Matilda*ACHS benchmark

Induction of labour

34.3% 42.9% 

Instrumental deliveries
e.g. ventouse and forceps deliveries

20.0% 23.2%  

Caesarean Sections

 Matilda*ACHS benchmark
Vaginal delivery following
previous birth by caesarean section
A desirable rate is unspecified
4.0% 4.5% 
Caesarean Section under
General Anesthesia
A lower rate for this indicator is desirable
0% 2.4%
Appropriate antibiotic at time
of Caesarean section
A higher rate for this indicator is desirable
100% 87.8%


We require a paediatrician present in theatre for all Caesarean Sections, so that should the need arise, your paediatrician can respond immediately.

Breast Feeding
In 2022 the breastfeeding rate at Matilda was over 98% which is considered high with many Mums continuing to feed their babies longer than average on return home. We offer lactation consultant support should you choose to breastfeed, to give you the best possible chance of succeeding. Advice and care is also available for Mums who choose not to breastfeed or find themselves unable to.

On the Lighter Side
There have been almost an equal number of boys and girls born in 2022 so far and the midwives still say the unit is busier around full moon.
We have a Tai Pan Teddy birthday party every year. We would love to welcome your family to the event, so do look out for the Tai Pan Teddy Club forms whilst you are in the maternity unit.


Updated 28 Febraury 2023 by the Maternity Department and Clinical Risk Management Team
ACHS benchmarking statistic provided every 6th months and this document reviewed on receipt of new statistics.