Safer births and a focus on postnatal recovery: How Westmead Hospital’s Beata Gidaszewski is reducing childbirth injuries for new mothers

New research from Westmead Hospital is hoping to change patient experience and recovery from severe perineal trauma during childbirth.

Westmead Hospital Women’s Health Research Clinical Midwife Consultant Beata Gidaszewski has received the esteemed Career Development Award for her PhD project ‘PROtecting the PERineum with CARE – surveying clinical practice variations’, and is looking at how this can inform procedural change to reduce perineal injury.

This grant will support Beata’s investigation into clinician influence on severe perineal trauma during childbirth – in other words, how midwifery teams can prevent childbirth injuries that new mothers may suffer.

By looking at different ways midwives work, the research aims to find the best methods to prevent these painful and sometimes serious injuries during childbirth, enhancing healthcare practices and outcomes for the western Sydney community and more broadly.

“My research is focused on reducing childbirth-related injuries among new mothers by improving our understanding of midwifery practices,” Beata said.

The findings will lead to better midwife training, enhancing midwifery techniques, ensuring safer births, improved postnatal recovery, and reducing long-term complications.

Beata Gidaszewski

As a Clinical Midwife Consultant, Beata has actively engaged in clinical and research activities within Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), including leading and supporting projects to enhance clinical care and outcomes for women, educating healthcare providers, and improving midwifery practices across the district.

One of key projected outcome of this investigation is an optimisation of midwife training based on the findings.

This will help to ensure safer births and better postnatal recovery for women, and significantly reduce the risk of long-term complications.

Beata Gidaszewski

The Career Development Award and grant highlights the importance of research, providing potential for WSLHD staff to make a difference in women’s health care.

When asked about the significance of receiving this honour, Beata told The Pulse: “Receiving this grant feels affirming and incredibly motivating”.

“It is rewarding to know that the broader scientific communities appreciate our work.”

To be awarded the Career Development Award and grant is a momentous achievement for Beata, who is keen to see the positive impact of her work and the chance to increase understanding and practices in women’s health.