The Success of teams in reducing the rates of Perineal Tears

Celebrating Success – WHA National Collaborative

473 fewer women sustained a third or fourth degree perineal tear during childbirth as a result of this collaborative.

In 2018, 28 maternity hospitals across Australia worked together to reduce the numbers of women experiencing perineal harm during the birth of their baby. To evaluate if the Collaborative improved the lives of women, data was collected for women who birthed in the 28 participating units during the intervention period. This was compared with the pre-intervention period. 

Decrease in third and fourth degree tears achieved as a result of the WHA National Collaborative:

First spontaneous vaginal births:

A thorough review of the collaborative improvement process and results has been completed.  Results are being prepared for publication in peer reviewed journals.