Western Health Cardiotocography (CTG) Appeal


Help us purchase 14 wireless cardiotocography (CTG) machines at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital.

Monitoring of a baby’s heart rate is recommended in all labours, for some women this is required continuously. The ability to undertake this monitoring wirelessly allows women to continue to move around freely during their labour. We know that being able to mobilise during labour can improve a woman’s satisfaction with their experience and can improve clinical outcomes.

We care for over 7,000 birthing women each year, providing care for those considered low-risk and for women considered higher-risk with more complex needs. Your support will help women that have been identified with risk factors to benefit from continuous wireless monitoring.

We need 14 wireless monitors that will enable us to continuously monitor the wellbeing of babies during labour when required.

Your gift today for mothers and babies is one that will last well beyond a season. Please give generously.

Our aim is to provide the very best care in the west. We can do this with your support.


Currently at JKWC, 19 of our existing 35 CTG machines are “wired”. This restricts the mother’s movement during labour and limits the ways she can get as comfortable as possible. A wired CTG means mothers are connected to a machine during labour, meaning she is confined to a bed, and movement is limited.

Research shows that mothers who have free movement during childbirth have higher positive birth outcomes and a more positive labour experience.

Many can attest to the necessity of CTG monitoring and the real-time information and the comfort the machines provide. Amanda, a mum who delivered both of her babies safely at JKWCsays:

“CTG monitoring of my baby’s heartbeat was of vital importance to me. It gave me peace of mind that he {baby} was healthy and coping well during the labour process.”

Andrew Ferraris, a Western Health midwife, is adamant that CTG machines are ‘life-saving’. He witnesses the benefits of the machines in the JKWC Birthing Suite every day, as the vast majority of these women delivering there require CTG monitoring. Andrew states that:

“There have been countless situations where the pattern of the baby’s heart rate as shown on CTG has guided our decision to birth urgently, thereby avoiding more serious outcomes for either mum or baby.”

With a goal of 14 wireless CTG machines, and each CTG costing $25,000, we are relying on generous support to help us provide the very best outcomes during the birthing process. We would love every mother, baby, and the care teams who look after them to know that wireless CTG machines are available and ready for use. Please consider making a gift to help our mothers and babies today.


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