The Good Birth Guide South Australia

The World Health Organisation recommends that all hospitals should provide statistics on their outcomes and services so that people in their area can use this information if they want in making choices about where to go for their health care. Birth Matters SA and the Maternity Coalition SA Branch have compiled this guide to help maternity consumers in South Australia make more genuinely-informed decisions about their care for pregnancy, labour and birth.

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Birth Matters SA Maternity Coalition SA Branch www.sabirthmatters.org.au www.maternitycoalition.org.au

NOTE: Will be copied onto A3 sheet to be double-fold into A4.
Same carer through pregnancy labour & birth Yes, reduces intervention No No No No No No No No

Midwife as lead carer

Waterbirth available

Birth Centre

Spontaneous Vaginal Birth

Caesarean overall 2006

Caesarean first mums 2006

Ventouse /forceps

Attempted VBAC

VBAC success 2006 Episiotomy

Best practice

Should be a choice

85%- 90%

Less than 15%

-

75 to 85%

5% or less

Ashford Private Burnside Private Calvary Private Flinders Private

Maybe No No No

No No No

54%* Declined answer** Up to 49% 30%** - no individual 49%* data given Unknown Unknown 8% to 14% 17% average

No

N.Eastn Community

No

No

Maybe

No

Declined answer**

Birth Centre/ Midwifery Group Practice (Women’s & Children’s, Lyell Mc. Flinders Med Centre) Home Yes Yes Yes 92% 6% Unknown 2% Unknown Unknown Unknown Maybe Yes Maybe Yes 76% 16% Unknown 8% Unknown Unknown Unknown

Flinders Medical Centre labour ward Women’s & Children’s labour ward Gawler Hospital Lyell McEwin lab.ward Modbury - no birthing Mt Barker Hospital Mt Gambier Hospital Whyalla Hospital Murray Bridge Northern Women’s Community Midwifery Pt Lincoln Whyalla No No ? ? ? ? ? No No No ? ? ? ? ? No No Maybe No Maybe No No No No No Unknown 27% Unknown Unknown 9% 31% 21% 10% No No No No Unknown 31% 29% 24% 31% 17% 11% average

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Others???

Unless otherwise stated, all data from SA Dept of Health (2007) Pregnancy Outcome in South Australia 2006 * Published data in The Advertiser (date??) ** Information provided by phone to Birth Matters

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