In Victoria, postpartum haemorrhage or PPH caused 37 per cent of all severe acute maternal morbidity reported in 2019. Research suggests it is often avoidable.
There is increasing evidence of the psychological effects of PPH including impacts on breastfeeding, bonding, and contact time between the parents and baby. Health professionals can also be impacted by a fear of managing future PPH cases.
This collaborative aims to reduce harm to families and health professionals by standardising and improving the response to PPH across participating Victorian health services.
To reduce the rate of primary PPH from an intended vaginal birth in participating health services by April 2023.