Tag: obstetrics

Healthcare

Legal

Perinatal mortality cases – what can we do better?

  In June 2014 baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after birth at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following an induction of labour and approximately two hours of active pushing, obstructed labour was diagnosed and a decision was made to conduct a caesarean section – during which the obstetric registrar encountered significant difficulty in disimpacting…

28 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Rethinking morbidity and mortality review meetings in maternity care

In maternity services, morbidity and mortality (M&M) review meetings play a crucial role in reducing avoidable harm, improving transparency and strengthening clinical governance; both locally and across the healthcare system. The process of M&M review allows clinicians to evaluate and reflect on clinical practice and identify areas for improvement, without blame or individual focus. Over…

21 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

The homebirth controversy: Informed consent and a child’s right

According to Homebirth Australia, the latest Australian data shows homebirth rates have increased by 56% in one year; there were 863 homebirths in 2009 and 1345 in 2010. Following this, there have been inquests around the country looking at homebirth deaths in recent years. We had the opportunity to hear from Ann Catchlove* on informed…

14 Apr 2015, by Informa Insights

Healthcare

The role of midwives: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

The role of midwives has evolved dramatically in the last 20 years. President and Vice President of the Australian College of Midwives, Professor Caroline Homer (Professor of Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney) and Dr Michelle Newton (Lecturer, La Trobe University), are able to give us key insights into how the role has changed and its effects on enrolment rate…

13 Mar 2015, by Informa Insights