'Continued study needed' into mother and baby deaths

The New Zealand College of Midwives has called for increased support for mental health and well child services to ensure mothers and newborns continue to have their needs met.

After the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee Report published comprehensive data relating to the number of mother and infant deaths, the college has called for a continuation of research efforts to ensure the health of mothers and their babies.

It has expressed approval for the "robust systematic process" for identifying, analysing and reviewing such instances, something which it proposes can lead to enhanced care.

The college adds: "[We welcome] any data that assists in the development of care practices and insights that come out of this information."

"This information ensures we examine our health system and incorporate any learning into mainstream services. We have the ability on a national basis to be confident in our services."

Professor Cynthia Farquhar, chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, claimed last week that all maternal and baby deaths should be fully reviewed to assess whether processes and procedures can be improved.ADNFCR-2094-ID-19076268-ADNFCR