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Posted on 16 Aug 2019
Maternity and newborn

Through the Safer baby collaborative, we’re aiming to significantly reduce the rate of stillbirth across the Victoria.

In Victoria the stillbirth rate is 6.2 per 1000 births and research suggests that many of these may be avoidable.

We also know there is low awareness of the risk factors for stillbirth. Which is why we’ve teamed up with 18 maternity services across the state to raise awareness and support clinicians to provide best practice care.

How can you help?

If you care for pregnant women, there are a number of things you can do, such as:

  1. Talk to your patients about the risk factors for stillbirth
  2. Offer a carbon monoxide breath test at booking and 28-week appointments
  3. 'Ask, Advise, Help’ to support women to cease smoking while pregnant
  4. Make sure you’re across current best practice approaches to measure fetal growth and detect any abnormalities
  5. Share up-to-date information on decreased fetal movements and maternal sleep position
  6. Discuss timing of birth and support shared decision-making when planning for birth.

Resources to help you

For more information on professional development opportunities visit the
Perinatal Education Portal

For more information on smoking cessation, check out the
Quit Victoria intervention model

Spread the word…

We’re also raising awareness about some of the things pregnant women can do to reduce their risk. Encourage them to:

  • get familiar with baby’s movements and contact the midwife or obstetrician if they notice a change
  • sleep on side: from 28 weeks (3rd trimester), going to sleep on your side is safer for your baby.
  • seek support to quit smoking during pregnancy.

Follow the collaborative on Twitter at #SaferBabyVic

For more information visit the Safer baby collaborative page

Page last updated: 20 Aug 2019