Safer Baby Bundle Update

According to the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence (Stillbirth CRE) the stillbirth rate in Australia is higher than other top performing countries . In many cases stillbirth is preventable and research shows 20-30% of late gestation stillbirths could be avoided with better care , which has led to the Stillbirth CRE to develop a national initiative with five evidence-based elements to address key areas where improved practice can reduce the number of stillborn babies . The Safer Baby Bundle (SBB) consists of 5 target areas which can be modified in order to reduce the risk of stillbirth :

General Practitioners (GP) are well placed to be:

  • initiating early risk assessments for FGR,

  • providing counsel and support for women identified as requiring smoking cessation advice and referral,

  • providing education to women about normal fetal movements, when to be concerned and what to do when concerned regarding fetal movements.

  • Provide education around safe maternal sleeping positions such as side sleeping during pregnancy.

The SBB online modules are compulsory for ANSC Recognised Providers. The modules include resource videos for clinicians as well as resources and waiting room videos. A short, GP specific video has been developed- click to watch.

The video below is a recent update from the Stillbirth CRE regarding the SBB progress.

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