Mothers and newborns can be at risk of falls whilst in Maternity Units. Managing falls risk in the maternal and newborn population has received minimal attention and has not been well documented. Women have an increased short term falls risk for example, following a vaginal or caesarean birth, and especially during initial attempts at ambulation.

Newborn falls in maternity units are associated with maternal sedation, and many falls occur when a neonate rolls from the arms of a sleeping parent. Traditional falls risk screening tools do not address the unique characteristics experienced by women in the immediate pre- and post-partum period.

The following resources are available:

Key Messages for Maternity Units
Falls Prevention in Hospital

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Information for Mothers and Families
Falls Prevention in Hospital

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Poster: Be Careful. Babies can Fall
Falls Prevention in Hospital

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