Safer Baby Bundle
In NSW for every 1000 babies born, six will be stillborn, affecting around twelve families each week.
The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) has partnered with the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence (CRE), NSW Health, Safer Care Victoria and the Queensland Clinical Excellence Division, in a national initiative to reduce the number of stillborn babies.
The Stillbirth CRE's Safer Baby Bundle aims to reduce the number of preventable stillbirths after 28 weeks gestation, by 20% by 2023. The Safer Baby Bundle has five evidence-based elements that emphasise the importance of best practice care. Reinforcing the five elements of the Bundle by providing women with midwifery continuity of care, has the potential to strengthen the Bundle's impact and reduce the rate of stillbirth.
The 5 Safer Baby Bundle elements are:
|Element 1:||Supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy|
|Element 2:||Improving detection and management of fetal growth restriction|
|Element 3:||Raising awareness and improving care for women with decreased fetal movements|
|Element 4:||Improving awareness of maternal safe going-to-sleep position in late pregnancy|
|Element 5:||Improving decision-making about the timing of birth for women with risk factors for stillbirth|
Resources for clinicians
To assist maternity healthcare professionals with implementation of the Bundle.
- Safer Baby Bundle Handbook and Resource Guide
- eLearning modules
- Clinical Care Pathways
- Additional informational and educational supports
Resources for women and their families
Information aimed to help women understand the risk factors in five key areas where it is known that stillbirth can be prevented.
- Safer Baby Brochures and Flyers
- Safer Baby Poster
NSW has four Local Health Districts involved in the research arm: Hunter New England, Central Coast, South West Sydney, and Western Sydney (total of 24 hospitals). These sites were chosen because of their Stillbirth rate, smoking in pregnancy rate, Indigenous population, diverse CALD population, and geographical population representing remote rural, rural and metro.
Implementation of the Safer Baby Bundle will be undertaken by the whole of NSW. CEC will work in partnership with key NSW networks to support the state wide implementation. The networks include the Maternity Risk Network, the Clinical Midwifery Consultants Network, the Midwifery Managers Network and the Primary Health Network.
Contact Dr Christine Marsh, Improvement Lead Maternal and Neonatal for further information.