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Maternity: Maternity Home

Starting point for clinical reference tools for Maternity, Midwifery, Obstetrics & Gynecology at NHW

This LibGuide is designed to pull together all the best resources relevant to Maternity, Midwifery, Obstetrics & Gynecology into one convenient place.  Use this guide as a starting point for research, study, policy, procedure and guidelines.   To add resources to this page, or for assistance and training please contact the Librarian.

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New Safer Care Victoria Reports

Victoria’s Mothers, Babies and Children report

Statewide prevention of postpartum haemorrhage, improved education for fetal surveillance, and better care for children in emergency departments…    These are just some of the recommendations from the Victoria’s Mothers, Babies and Children 2018 report.

Produced by the independent Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM), the report contains comprehensive data on birth outcomes, and the health of mothers, newborns and children.

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Key findings

  • More women are choosing to have a homebirth, alongside an increase in women being induced and having caesareans before labour.
  • The number of babies stillborn after 28 weeks has fallen from 159 in 2017 to 116 in 2018.
  • A large number of women are admitted to intensive care units with severe bleeding post birth.

  • Women and children who are disadvantaged – because of their household income, education, where they live, mental health or cultural background – are vulnerable to much poorer health outcomes.

Key recommendations

  • Create system-wide improvement to prevent postpartum haemorrhage.

  • Develop a guideline for the recognition and management of Ogilvie’s syndrome.

  • Continue education to better identify and manage fetal growth restriction and decreased fetal movements.

  • Ensure care provided in emergency departments and urgent care centres meets the specific needs of children.

Key resources

  The Women's PBMG