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Mother Figures For Mothers Day (revised)

Mother Figures For Mothers Day (revised)

To acknowledge all mothers' hard work and caring, Statistics New Zealand would like to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, 8 May with some facts about new mothers in 2004.

There were 58,100 live births.

There were 31,456 first-time mothers, which represented 55 percent of all live births.

Twins were born to 540 first-time mothers, and another five new mothers had triplets.

A total of 1,860 children were multiple births. (Over the past three years, there has been a 6 percent rise in multiple births.)

The median age of a first-time mother was 28 years.

New Zealand households spent:
– more than $20 million on baby food and infant needs
– about $89 million on nappies
– about $158 million on babysitting and child care costs.

On Mother's Day last year, 126 babies were born to 124 mothers.

Note: These figures exclude stillbirths.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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