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Lockdown or loneliness? Covid brought on a ‘kind of stressful’ baby boom in Australia

New data shows the birthrate went up in 2021, after a record low in 2020 and years of decline

A pandemic might not seem like the ideal time to have a baby, but new data backs up the idea that Covid precipitated a baby boom.

According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report – Australia’s mothers and babies – a record 315,705 babies were born in 2021, while the birthrate itself was up to 61 per 1,000 women of reproductive age from 56 per 1,000 the year before.

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