Maternity and newborn care

Victorian health services are dedicated to delivering safe, efficient and effective healthcare to the community. Full-term babies (37 weeks +) without known conditions are expected to be born in good health.

Tap the buttons below for specific data about the quality and safety of maternity and newborn care in Victoria. You can filter by health service.

Scroll further down for more information about the data (measures).

About the data

The above measures look at:

  • babies in poor condition shortly after birth
  • babies with severe Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR).

About babies in poor condition shortly after birth

Apgar is a quick test performed on a baby at 1 and 5 minutes after birth. It checks a baby's heart rate, muscle tone, reflexes and other signs to see if extra or emergency care is needed.

Scores range from 0 (worst) to 10 (best). If a baby's Apgar score is under 7 at 5 minutes post-birth, it is assessed as being in poor condition. This may be due to avoidable factors.

Data are for single births. It excludes babies born at under 37 weeks, those born with congenital anomalies, stillbirths, and babies not born in hospital.

Data are not provided where there are less than 10 eligible babies born during a reporting period.

The statewide target is 1.4% or less of babies with an Apgar score is under 7 at 5 minutes post-birth.

About babies with severe Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR)

Severe FGR is when an unborn baby is smaller than it should be because it is not growing at a normal rate during pregnancy. Babies with severe FGR are at risk of death or long-term health complications. They should be identified and born before 40 weeks.

The data show the proportion of babies with severe FGR who were not born before 40 weeks gestation, and includes all single severe FGR live births and stillbirths.

Data are not provided where there are less than 10 babies born with severe FGR during the reporting period.

The statewide target is 28.6% or less babies with severe FGR who were not born before 40 weeks gestation.

Notes

  • Data source: Victorian Perinatal Data Collection. Data extracted 16 July 2020
  • Results are reported quarterly using 12 months' rolling data
  • Results are lagged by one quarter
  • Results for the current financial year are preliminary and will be finalised in November. Results from the previous financial year have been finalised
  • * No results are available
  • NP - Results not published.