Statistics and Research

Some key websites for regular updates of relevant statistics and research.

AIHW Women and Babies 2010
Australian Institute for Health and Welfare Statistics – this version names hospitals in the metropolitan area and their caesarean rates.
Federal review of maternity care
The Federal Government’s review: “Improving Maternity Services in Australia”. Published in 2008.
WA homebirth review 2008
A 2008 review homebirths in WA.
WA Homebirth Review Progress Report 2011
A progress report of the implementation of recommendations from the 2008 Homebirth Review.  The Community Midwifery Program has implemented recommendations, and WA Health has created a Homebirth Policy.  However continuity of care models for women in hospitals are still lagging behind.
WA Policy for Publicly Funded Homebirths (Revised October 2013)
WA Health Policy for publicly funded Home Births including guidance for consumers, health professionals and health services.
WA Maternity Care Publications
All the WA Health Dept Pregnancy and Maternity Care publications.
Women’s and Newborn’s Health Network
WA Health Clinical Network to improve the quality, safety, accessibility and continuity of maternity care and services for all women and babies in WA.
Perinatal Statistics in WA
Compilation of all birth data in WA up to 2008, published in October 2010.
Research on Birth Centres in Australia
Research on Birth Centres in Australia.
Save the Children Fund – the State of the World’s Mothers 2010
Save the Children Fund – the State of the World’s Mothers 2010 report: by focusing on the 60 million mothers in the developing world who give birth every year with no professional help. This report identifies countries that are succeeding in improving the health and saving the lives of mothers and babies, and shows effective solutions.
World Health Organisation
World Health Organisation (WHO) is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. The have interesting birth information about world birth.