• Print

released: 7 Mar 2013 author: AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit and AIHW media release

This is the first report of ten national core maternity indicators for monitoring the quality of maternity care in Australia. National rates have decreased for smoking in pregnancy, episiotomy among women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally and the proportion of babies born weighing less than 2,750 grams at or after 40 weeks. However for some indicators, including induction of labour, caesarean section and instrumental vaginal birth, rates have increased and point to areas for possible further attention.

ISBN 978-1-74249-398-5; Cat. no. PER 58; 56pp.; $22

printed copy

Publication

Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • Introduction
      • The foundation of the national core maternity indicators
      • What are clinical indicators?
      • Current maternity indicator reporting in Australia
    • The national core maternity indicators
      • Data quality issues
      • Indicator 1 Smoking in pregnancy for all women giving birth
      • Indicator 2 Antenatal care in the first trimester for all women giving birth
      • Indicator 3 Episiotomy for women having their first baby and giving birth vaginally
      • Indicator 4 Apgar score of less than 7 at 5 minutes for births at or after term
      • Indicator 5 Induction of labour for selected women giving birth for the first time
      • Indicator 6 Caesarean section for selected women giving birth for the first time
      • Indicator 7 Normal (non-instrumental) vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time
      • Indicator 8 Instrumental vaginal birth for selected women giving birth for the first time
      • Indicator 9 General anaesthetic for women giving birth by caesarean section
      • Indicator 10 Small babies among births at or after 40 weeks gestation
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: Expert Commentary Group
      • Appendix B: Methods
      • Appendix C: Indicator specifications
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit and AIHW 2013. National core maternity indicators. Cat. no. PER 58. Canberra: AIHW.