Gladstone had the highest CQ newborn deaths in 2011
GLADSTONE public and private hospitals have the highest newborn death rate in central Queensland.
Documents obtained under Right to Information (RTI) reveal there were 3.8 newborn deaths for every 1000 live births at both the Gladstone Base and Gladstone Mater hospitals in 2011.
The data counts all newborns that die within 28 days of birth.
Rockhampton hospitals recorded 1.5 deaths per 1000 live births in the same period, while 3.3 deaths per 1000 live births were recorded at Emerald hospital.
Across Queensland public and private hospitals, 3.5 deaths per 1000 live births are recorded.
Gladstone Hospital director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock said the statistics were not an accurate representation of the maternity services offered at the hospital.
"These statistics cover babies who die in the first 28 days of life, so many of them will have gone home by then and their death may well not be related to maternity services," Dr Murdock said.
About 500 babies are born each year at Gladstone Hospital, with parents staying an average of 2.1 days in hospital after giving birth.
The statistics come as former Gladstone resident Emma Green prepares to publicly release Health Department investigation findings, following the loss of her unborn baby in May.
Ms Green was allegedly turned away repeatedly from Rockhampton Hospital, leading to the baby dying in her womb. Ms Green was two weeks overdue.
Ms Green and her partner Eldean Blake have since relocated to Ipswich to be closer to family during their time of grief. Family spokesperson and Ms Green's aunt Sue Bishop said her niece was planning to release findings into two investigations carried out by Rockhampton Hospital in a fortnight.
"(Emma and Eldean) are really struggling to even plan when they are going back to work," Ms Bishop said.
"It has taken them a long time to get over shock."