The Stillbirth CRE is leading the development of a bundle of care to address the priority evidence practice gaps in stillbirth prevention for implementation across maternity services. This work is being done in partnership with health departments as a Stillbirth Prevention Collaborative.
The proposed bundle is care for Australian hospitals is being modeled on the Saving Babies Lives bundle in the United Kingdom, which addresses commonly identified areas of substandard care.
A 20% reduction in stillbirth rates has been seen in the UK and Scotland, where a care bundle has been implemented. We believe that implementation of a similar care bundle in Australia will result in at least the same reduction in stillbirth. We think the bundle will also reduce serious adverse outcomes in liveborn babies, improve health outcomes among mothers, increase mothers' satisfaction with car, and be cost-effective.
Proposed bundle of care elements:
- Supporting pregnant women to stop smoking
- Monitoring babies for poor growth during pregnancy
- Improving detection and management of women who feel their baby's movements have decreased
- Better monitoring of babies during labour
- Promoting safe sleep for pregnant women
- Implementing comprehensive hospital review of stillbirths to improve care
Additional elements may be included and we are keen to receive feedback on the proposed bundle. Please contact us if you would like to discuss ideas and collaborate on this important initiative.
We have surveyed Australian maternity services for their feedback on what should be included in the proposed bundle