Pregnancy policies and consumer brochures
SA Health has developed a series of South Australian pregnancy policies, standards, clinical guidelines and related patient information brochures to guide health professionals and assist women to make informed choices.
This policy directive aims to increase the number of infants exclusively breastfed to around six months and to advise women to continue breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods until 12 months of age and beyond for as long as the mother and child desire (National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Infant Feeding Guidelines (2012).
Collection of Cord Blood in South Australian Public Health Services for the Purposes of Private Cord Blood Banking (PDF 213KB)
This Clinical Guideline was developed to guide SA Health employees on their limited role in the collection of autologous cord blood for the purposes of private cord blood banking.
This clinical directive has been developed to guide SA Health employees in safe practice(s) when managing the handling and administration of expressed breast milk (EBM) within SA Health services including hospitals, and community settings that may include the woman’s home.
This policy was developed to give guidance to qualified practitioners, working in the South Australian public health system when caring for women who make an informed choice to labour and/or give birth in water.
This policy provides SA Health sites with a clear perinatal education governance framework, determining the education requirements for the distinct perinatal health care professional groups including frequency, assessment and monitoring of compliance. It aims to reduce the number of critical incidents associated with electronic fetal surveillance, maternal and neonatal resuscitation and the management of the deteriorating perinatal woman and/or neonate.
Further information or assistance with accessing online components, booking skills sessions or study days, should be secured through the education service within your LHN.
This policy aims to provide the pregnant woman and SA Health employees with information and clinical practices/procedures related to the
safe release of placenta to the postpartum mother.
This policy was developed to guide qualified practitioners (that is, registered midwives and/or medical practitioners), working in the South Australian public health system when caring for women who make an informed choice to birth at home.
These standards were developed in accordance with contemporary professional, quality and safety standards and establish the minimum standards for the provision of health services for management of a Category 1 Caesarean Section in hospitals in South Australia.
These standards were developed to assist maternity care providers and health policy makers in the appropriate management of women who are obese during pregnancy.
These standards were developed to assist health care staff employed in the public health service in their management of the woman requiring a termination of pregnancy.
This policy outlines the minimum standards required for each of the six recognised levels of perinatal care. It includes standards for workforce, facilities and equipment requirements and presents a risk management framework to enable clinical service planning, resource and risk factor management and management of retrieval and transport services.
Patient information brochures
Information brochure on breastfeeding or feeding with expressed breast milk (EBM).
SA Health policy on collecting cord blood in SA public health services for private cord blood banking (PDF 979KB)
Information brochure for women who may wish to have their baby’s cord blood collected after birth and stored for his or her own future personal use on the basis that therapies will be developed that use a patient’s own cord blood stem cells.
Information brochure to assist women to make an informed decision about the risks and benefits of choosing to have their first stage of labour and birth in water.
Policy for the management of the release of a placenta for private use - Patient information brochure (PDF 327KB)
Information brochure for mothers expressing preference to take their placenta home rather than have the health service staff dispose of it.
Planned home birth
Information brochure to assist women to make an informed decision about the risks and benefits of birthing in their own home.
- Arabic (PDF 264KB)
- Dari (PDF 257KB)
- English (PDF 252KB)
- Hindi (PDF 281KB)
- Mandarin (PDF 293KB)
- Tagalog (PDF 242KB)
- Vietnamese (PDF 244KB)
Information brochure about pregnancy care for women with a pregnancy condition that may increase their risk of having a category 1 (emergency) caesarean section.
Standards for the Management of the Obese Obstetric Woman in SA 2016 - Patient information brochure (PDF 380KB)
Information brochure for women who are obese during pregnancy and at an increased risk of developing complications that may affect her or her baby’s health during the pregnancy or birth.
Information brochure for women on accessing termination of pregnancy advice and services through the public health service in South Australia
Information brochure for women who have had a previous caesarean section and are considering a vaginal delivery for the birth of their next baby.
Too small too soon - Information for parents of babies born early
- Parent information: for babies born 20 – 22 weeks (PDF 446KB)
- Parent information: for babies born 23 – 24 weeks (PDF 486KB)
- Parent information: for babies born 25 weeks (PDF 500KB)