• An apgar score gives a clinical indication of the babies condition shortly after birth, based on assessment of the heart rate, breathing, colour, reflex irritability and muscle tone. A score of less than 7 is an indicator of complications and compromise for the baby.
  • The percentage of live born babies in the ACT with a low Apgar (less than 7) has remained relatively stable, ranging from 1.5% to 2.3% between 2007 and 2013. The ACT percentage (2.0%) was similar to the Australian percentage (1.8%) in 2013.

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ACT Maternal Perinatal Data Collection

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