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VAHI Release: Maternity and Newborn Safety Report

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A new Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI) report will help Victorian health services improve the quality and safety of care provided to women and their babies throughout pregnancy, birth and beyond.

The Maternity and Newborn Safety report is based on five key care indicators developed by Safer Care Victoria in partnership with an expert working group (EWG) made up of senior clinicians, consumers, VAHI and the broader Department of Health.

The five indicators are:

  • Apgar score of < 7 in 5 minutes
  • Severe fetal growth restriction
  • Severe postpartum haemorrhage
  • Iatrogenic birth by induction of birth or caesarean section without labour in pre/early term births
  • Third- and fourth-degree perineal laceration

Reporting against these indicators will help maternity services better understand their performance across key quality and safety measures, providing greater visibility of potential issues that might be emerging.

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