Birth Choices

Team Name: 
Maternity Consumer Network

An app to enable parents informed choice in their place of birth. Parents log their postcode, and an infographic to display hospital data in their local area around normal birth rate, cesarean section rate, length of hospital stay, continuity of midwifery care, waterbirth, epidural, visiting access for private midwives in order to compare and contrast and match their needs and desires for birth with the supporting facility. This will ensure greater choices, understanding and satisfaction around place of birth and ensure more accountability in the care and services facilities provide. 

There are around 300,000 births per year in Australia, around 60,000 births per year in Queensland, so this app could be of huge benefit to a large portion of our population. 

Region: 
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Mothers and Babies Queensland
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Health
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Numbers of births per hospital.
Dataset Name: 
2015 Births by hospital
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Health
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Number of births per hospital, recognising facilities who offered birthing.
Dataset Name: 
Labour and Delivery details
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Health
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Number of normal/caesar/augmented/assisted births for state;
Dataset Name: 
Birthplace
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Type of birth, reasons for intervention, pain relief offered, VBACs offered, models of care, partner accommodation.
Event Location: 
Toowoomba