Having a baby is one of the most wonderful and life-changing events of your life.
Fortunately Australia is one of the safest countries in the world to have a baby, but tragically around six babies are born still every day. The Safer Baby team are working hard to ensure fewer parents experience this unimaginable loss.
This website has been designed to ensure mums-to-be have access to the best and latest information about how to have a safe pregnancy and reduce the chance of stillbirth.
All Safer Baby information has been developed by the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth. This information is based on global research, ensuring best-practice standards of care. Our focus is to reduce the rates, stigma and impact of stillbirth on mothers, parents and communities.
We work in partnership with parents, communities, clinicians, researchers and support organisations – all with a shared goal and a drive to make a difference.
The Safer Baby initiative aims to help women understand the things they can do to reduce their risk of stillbirth.
Read on to learn more.
Now open! National Safer Baby Survey
Have you given birth in the last 6 months? We need your help to improve the experiences of pregnancy care for future Australian women.
Fortunately, Australia is one of the safest countries in the world to have a baby, but tragically, around six babies are born still every day. The Safer Baby team are working hard to ensure fewer parents experience this unimaginable loss. Your response will help researchers evaluate and improve the antenatal care for women having their baby in Australia, with a specific focus on reducing the rate of stillbirth. This survey will take 10 minutes to complete.
Share your experience here: https://survey.app.uq.edu.au/nationalsaferbabysurvey
Not every stillbirth is preventable, but many are. The Still Six Lives campaign is dedicated to lowering that number.
Frequently asked questions about stillbirth are here.
We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is worrying for pregnant women and their families.
Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant women, and their babies also have a higher risk of stillbirth and of being born prematurely. Pregnant women are a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination and should be routinely offered vaccination with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at any stage of pregnancy. These vaccines are safe for pregnant women and they reduce the risks for women and their babies.’
The following websites are reliable sources of information:
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Raising Children Network
- Australian Government
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Australian College of Midwives
Download the latest fact sheet for pregnant women and their families on COVID-19.
Discover more about the work of the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (CRE) here and frequently asked questions about stillbirth here.
Safer Baby has been developed by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE)
The Stillbirth CRE has grown from the work of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), and we maintain a strong partnership with this bi-national society. We wish to acknowledge PSANZ for its achievements in improving maternity care through policy development and education.
Get In Touch
- + 61 7 3163 2557
Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland is the coordinating centre of the Stillbirth CRE.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
Stillbirth CRE acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands where we live, learn and work.