This Week in Maternity - Safer Care Victoria Report, Maternal Mental Health and International day of the Midwife
International Day of the Midwife
The 5th May marks the International Day of the Midwife, a day to recognise and celebrate the work done by midwives around the world. The theme this year is ‘Midwives: Defenders of Womens Rights'.
The Virtual International Day of the Midwife is an online conference celebrating the day. There are speakers from around the world discussing a range of topics and it is free to attend!
The full programme can be found here.
Safe Care Victoria – Mothers, Babies and children report 2017
Safer Care Victoria has published their latest report on data and trends in maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. The report on data from 2017 provides recommendation for clinicians and health service providers.
The recommendations relating to pregnancy and childbirth are:
In 2017 there were 78226 women who gave birth in Victoria, the number of women giving birth by cesarean section increase to 34.9% and ¼ experienced a postpartum haemorrhage. Those women gave birth to 79407 babies, 8.5% of which were born preterm with 7% with a birth weight of under 2500g.
The report outlines that there were 7 maternal deaths with suicide being one of the main causes. The number of perinatal deaths across 2017 was 702 with the main causes of congenital abnormality, spontaneous preterm and other specific perinatal conditions. It is thought that sub-optimal factors likely contributed to 20 stillbirths and 12 neonatal death. The recommendation highlighted above are designed to address some of the factors found to be related to sub-optimal care.
The full report with all statistics and recommendations can be read here.
Maternal Mental Health Awareness
The 1st of May, World Maternal Mental Health Awareness day, marked the start of Maternal Mental Health Month. The initiative is aimed at highlighting and promoting the experiences of women and their families and providing information on the resources and support available.
To recognise and support the initiative we will be sharing information and resources across our social media platforms. You can follow along with the #MaternalMentalHealth.