The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released figures revealing the number of white women who have had a baby of the same sex as their partner of more than a year.
The data is a snapshot of pregnancy and birth in Australia, and shows that women of colour are more likely to have babies with white parents than their white counterparts.
Of the nearly 17,000 pregnancies and births in the state of Victoria, 1,058 were white women, compared to 1,034 white men.
In the state’s north-west, there were more than 1,000 white women pregnancies and deliveries.
The figures are based on data collected from February to April 2016.
While white women had an overall pregnancy rate of almost 60 per cent, the rate for black women was lower at 44 per cent.
While more than half of births were for white women and half for black men, the proportions were similar in each group.
The ABS said there was a greater proportion of white and black women in the workforce, and more than one in five people were white.
The results come as the country faces a looming white backlash over the death of Aboriginal woman Victoria’s first ever Aboriginal woman.
In her first pregnancy, Victoria’s second-ever Aboriginal woman, Michelle Mancun, gave birth to a baby girl in June 2016.
Michelle was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and a blood clot that she developed when she had a blood transfusion from her mother.
She gave birth in February this year to her second child, who is white.
Michelle Mencun is Victoria’s only Aboriginal woman to have a baby.
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