Australian Mother and Babies reports
The Australian institute of health and welfare has released reports on the outcomes for mums and babies - Australia's mothers and babies 2017 and Stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia 2015 and 2016. Both reports look at the outcomes and experiences for different factors of pregnancy and birth.
Key outcomes from the report are:
These reports can be read in full using the links below.
Nigerian women refusing cesarean sections
The cesarean section rate in Nigeria is 2%, 58,000 women die in childbirth each year and there is one doctor for every 6000 people. There are many barriers and stigmas associated with cesarean birth in Nigeria:
Work is being done across Nigeria to help educate women about their choices and some of the complications that can arise along with efforts to remove fees for hospital births.
Maternal positions during the second stage of labor
A study has looked at common maternal positions during the second stage of labor reviewing and comparing the risks and benefits of 6 common positions. The study reviewed research on each position looking at factors including accelerating progress of labor, alleviating maternal pain, reducing perineal trauma, decreasing blood loss, promoting fetal & newborn well-being and treating certain obstetric complications.
The study summarized that:
The role of midwives in having the skills and knowledge to support women with their position can impact their birth experience.