Boost for hospitals’ maternity safety

Boost: A $28,000 state government funding allocation for Warrnambool Base Hospital will allow it to improve its maternity services.

Boost: A $28,000 state government funding allocation for Warrnambool Base Hospital will allow it to improve its maternity services.

Southwest Healthcare will be able to build on its capacity to monitor the health of pregnant women after being allocated $38,000 in state government funding.

Funds for the expansion of an electronic fetal surveillance program will give medical staff a better capacity to monitor babies’ health prior to birth.

Southwest Healthcare’s director of nursing Julianne Clift said the funds would enable it to expand its advanced monitoring program – which uses tracings to track fetuses – to Camperdown Hospital too.

"Those tracings can show us contractions and the baby's heart rate and see how it reacts to being in labor, too,” she said.

The program forms part of the state government’s response to a review of a cluster of stillbirths and newborn deaths in Bacchus Marsh.

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