Dr A Freeman, Adrienne Freeman Medical Pty Ltd
CONTEXT: Childbirth takes place in diverse environments. There are life-threatening events regarded as the usual risks of pregnancy. Developed countries have greatly reduced maternal mortality but perinatal mortality and morbidity are of concern and the foetus and neonate are at high-risk peri-partum. There is now high incidence of babies being born in ambulances in gridlock and this is likely to rise. Emergency services are strained. Ambulances with neonatal resuscitation equipment may not always meet the need.