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Upright positions in labour and birth

07 Feb 2012

  Studies have shown that women who are upright and moving around during their labour have shorter labours. Studies have also shown that squatting and kneeling during labour helps to open up the pelvis which may help you birth your baby more easily. Read More

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Continuous care means continuous satisfaction for Queensland mums

07 Feb 2012

Queensland mums who received continuity of carer during their pregnancy, labour and birth have the highest rates of satisfaction according to work by UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies (QCMB). Professor Sue Kruske, Director of the QCMB, said results from the Having a Baby in Queensland Survey, a survey… Read More

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Is home birth a safe alternative?

02 Feb 2012

Our Director, Sue Kruske spoke with Steve Austin this morning about women’s right to be respected in their decisions, including where they choose to have their baby. Listen to the interview here: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/02/is-home-birth-a-safe-alternative.html?site=brisbane&program=612_morning… Read More

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Did you use a bath or pool during your labour?

18 Jan 2012

The Centre is looking for women who used a bath or pool during their labour who would like to share their experience. If you have any photos to go along with your story, we’d love to use those as well. We are going to put a selection of your answers… Read More

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QCMB research examines the myths behind Queensland’s rising caesarean rates

18 Jan 2012

Researchers from UQ’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies have explored the reasons for the rising rates of caesarean sections in Queensland. With caesarean rates increasing by 74 percent in the past 20 years, Professor Sue Kruske, director of the QCMB, said there is a myth among the health industry… Read More

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Getting the word out about Birthplace

11 Jan 2012

As you may know, the Centre has recently launched a new online and interactive tool, Birthplace: Your Guide to Birthing Facilities in Queensland (www.havingababy.org.au/birthplace). Birthplace is an online tool that provides information about every birthing facility in Queensland, including information about policies and practices and feedback from women who… Read More

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WISE Guidebook for Sharing Information Professionally

11 Jan 2012

The WISE Guidebook for Sharing Information Professionally is now available online and in print format. According to the Guidelines, communication with women and other care providers should be:   Woman centred Interprofessional and System supported at Every stage of care The Guidebook provides useful tools for implementing WISE information sharing. Read More

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Demand strong for consumer voices in North QLD

11 Jan 2012

North Queensland is currently experiencing a high demand for consumer representatives to provide the much-needed voice and perspective of maternity consumers on hospital and other committees. Rebecca Waqanikalou, a Cairns mother of two, attended a training workshop for maternity consumer representatives in July held by the QCMB. Since then she’s… Read More

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Mum tells how she is making a difference

11 Jan 2012

Leanne Butterworth lives in Brisbane and in the last few months has been getting involved with some of the Centre’s activities. Here’s a brief story about why she got involved and what she’s been up to:I loved Rowan’s birth. I believe women are interested in hearing uplifting, fearless birth stories… Read More

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Director’s Message

20 Dec 2011

Hi everyone and welcome to my first article for the newsletter as the new director of the Centre. I would like to give you a bit of an overview of what we have been doing since I arrived and share with you some of our vision for the Centre in… Read More

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