The Victorian government has a plan to dramatically cut the rate of stillbirth across the state.
The rates of stillbirth in Victoria have remained unchanged for 20 years, accounting for about 500 pregnancies each year.
Today, the Andrews government will announce the Safer Baby Collaborative, with a goal of reducing rates by a fifth over the next three years.
Twenty maternity services will work with the state’s safety agencies to target preventable stillbirths, through measures including improved foetal monitoring and helping pregnant women to quit smoking.
The state’s health minister Jenny Mikakos has told The Herald Sun, the plan is the most significant effort to-date.