The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators present comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women and their babies, by maternity facility and district health board region.
This report presents comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women and their babies by maternity facility and district health board region. It presents 20 indicators that reflect care during pregnancy and the postnatal period, severe maternal morbidity and outcomes for babies at birth.
- One applies to women who registered with a lead maternity carer (LMC).
- Eight apply to standard primiparae (definition used to identify a group of women for whom interventions and outcomes should be similar).
- Seven apply to all women giving birth in New Zealand.
- Four apply to all babies born in New Zealand.
This is the eighth report in the New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators series, with a focus on women giving birth and babies born in the 2016 calendar year.
As the seven previous reports demonstrated, reported maternity service delivery and outcomes for women and babies vary between district health boards (DHBs) and between individual secondary and tertiary facilities. These findings merit further investigation of data quality and integrity as well as variations in local clinical practice management.
Since 2012, DHBs and maternity stakeholders have used national benchmarked data in their local maternity quality and safety programmes to identify areas warranting further investigation. Using the data in this report, DHBs and local maternity stakeholders can expand the scope of their investigations and view trends over an eight-year period.
Developing and reviewing the indicators
The indicators are the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and maternity groups representing consumer, midwifery, obstetric, general practice, paediatric and anaesthetic perspectives. In 2011, an expert working group established a set of 12 maternity clinical indicators that could be measured using the available data collections at that time.
The expert working group has continued to review and revise the maternity clinical indicators since this time.
Access the data
For the first time, a web-based tool is available for you to explore the numbers and rates discussed in the report. This includes numbers and rates of each indicator from 2009 to 2016 by ethnic group and DHB of residence, and by facility of birth:
The same data is also available in the following formats: