Hayden Donnell summarises the release of The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee's (PMMRC) fifth annual report assessing the deaths of babies and their mothers in New Zealand. The report was released July 28, 2011 and brings to light the number of preventable deaths, as well as, further recommendations for actions to move forward the advancement of stillbirth avoidance.
The Lancet Medical Journal published the Lancet's Stillbirth Series on Thursday 14th April 2011. Simultaneous launches were held in London, New York, and Hobart in partnership with the Lancet, the International Stillbirth Alliance and its member organisations, World Health Organisation, Save the Children, UNICEF and UNFPA. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this series aims to prioritise stillbirth in the context of maternal, child and newborn survival with the overall goal of bringing together epidemiology, evidence for interventions, costing estimates and policy analysis to guide decision making and promote action with measurable change by 2020.
Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) researchers, care providers and parents have called for action after an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Report released this week stated that stillbirth rates have not decreased in the last year.
A new guideline to improve the care women and their unborn baby receive during pregnancy offers hope this Mother’s Day to all mums and families who have experienced the loss of their baby.
A set of revised guidelines have been recommended to Australian and New Zealand maternity care providers (focusing on obstetricians and midwives) and bereavement specialists in a bid to manage stillbirth in ANZ hospitals and reduce the incidence of stillbirth through better information – advising that they begin use today.