Making pregnancy safer in Australia: The importance of maternal death review

Sue Kildea*, Wendy Elizabeth Pollock, Lesley Barclay

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Abstract

Australia is one of the safest countries in the world to birth. Because maternal deaths are rare, often the focus during pregnancy is on the well-being of the fetus. The relative safety of birth has fostered a shift in the focus of maternal health, from survival, to the model of care or the birth experience. Yet women still die in Australia as a result of child bearing and many of these deaths are associated with avoidable factors. The purpose of this paper is to outline the maternal death monitoring and review process in Australia and to present to clinicians the salient features of the most recently published Australian maternal death report. The notion of preventability and the potential for practice to have an effect on reducing maternal mortality are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume48
Issue number2
Early online date26 Mar 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

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