For Health Professionals
The Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies has created a number of different information resources for health professionals.
A review of current practices around postnatal transfer of care from Queensland birthing facilities to community-based services. This report includes a literature review, findings from an online survey, analysis of discharge summaries and recommendations to strengthen and improve on the investment the Queensland Government has already made in postnatal care for the benefit of women, babies and families.
The report can be downloaded here .
The QCMB has produced a number of facility and region-specific reports based on the findings of our 2010 Having a Baby In Queensland Survey. The survey captured the maternity care experiences of more than 7000 women. Part of our commitment to women and Queensland Health is to disseminate the findings at the facility and district level.
Access the Facility Level Reports here .
A training program to assist maternity care providers to refresh their skills on effective information sharing. The program goes through the WISE Guidelines ( W oman-centred, I nterprofessional and S ystem supported at E very stage of care) in an interactive way that trains care providers about professional information sharing and helps them inform women about communicating with their care providers.
For more information about the program click here .
In May 2012, the QCMB released a report that looked at the research on water immersion in first stage labour, women’s preferences for water immersion and access to facilities with it, and the policies and practice of health professionals across Queensland.
The evidence is clear that water immersion is safe in first stage labour. In fact, it’s associated with a reduced length of first stage labour and less need to use epidural/spinal analgesia.
Currently there is no evidence that supports or rejects its use in second stage (birth) and third stage labour (when the placenta is born). If you’d like to find out more about it, discuss the benefits and risks with your care provider.
The report can be downloaded here.