The Perinatal Services Inquiry engaged in the significant task of examining the quality and safety of perinatal services in Victoria, including services dealing with high risk and premature births, and the quality and safety of current methods to reduce infant and maternal mortality.
The early years are a critical time for children’s development. Parents’ engagement in their children’s early development and learning has an impact on children’s later educational and life experiences and parents differ in their levels of engagement.
This working paper presents findings of Stage 3 and 4 of the National Maternity Data Development Project, which was established in response to the National Maternity Services Plan.
This report examines spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's access to hospitals with public birthing units and 3 other types of maternal health services. It also investigates possible high-level associations between access, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes.
The longest running cohort study of aboriginal health will be continued thanks to $12 million dollar cash injection by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.
More Australian women are having babies later in life, this research finds.
Infant feeding practices are known to influence the child’s long-term health. Studies have associated obesity and other diseases with reduced breastfeeding and early introduction of high calorie beverages (HCBs).
How do you tell a couple who are desperate for a child that they can't conceive? Then how do you tell them their last resort—paying a woman, usually in a developing country, to be a surrogate mother—is an ethical minefield?
Cambodia recently joined a...
The review was a detailed and extensive analysis into how the Department of Health & Human Services oversees and supports quality and safety of care across the Victorian hospital system.
It consulted widely, seeking the views and experiences of patients, clinicians, hospital managers and...
This report provides up-to-date and comprehensive data on the quality of maternal health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from ninety-one primary care health centres across Australia. The health centres include community-controlled and government managed health services in different Australian jurisdictions.
1. Mothers do best in our cities. The top 10 best places to be a mother across the country are almost exclusively urban areas. Mothers in urban cities have better outcomes across all indicators. Access to maternal child health and...
This is the sixth report in the New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators series, with a focus on women giving birth and babies born in the 2014 calendar year.
The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators present comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women...
In recent times the options available to women for antenatal care and birth have expanded. This includes the provision of more midwifery-led care models. This diversification creates a need for common terminology in describing and comparing these models and the outcomes for...
This thesis uses a complexity thinking approach to investigate the implementation of development strategies to improve maternal health taking the province of East New Britain, in Papua New Guinea, as a case study. A key global strategy for improving maternal and neonatal health is that...
This review presents a summary of the evidence on safely managing expressed breast milk (EBM) in hospital, home and community settings. It found that, regarding risks of pathogen transmission from mother to child, benefits for the infant must be considered against the possible severity of...
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a non-diagnostic umbrella term that is used to cover the full range of possible birth defects and developmental issues that can be caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. This paper describes some of these consequences for children's development and...
This report on stage 2 of the national core maternity indicators project describes the development of 8 indicators, including scoping and assessment of existing data items for reporting.
This report builds on previous work undertaken by the AIHW for the Maternity...