National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre publishes Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2015 

This is the fifth report of the national clinical audit on perinatal mortality in Ireland using the NPEC data collection tool and classification system. Anonymised data were reported by the 19 Irish maternity units on a total of 488 deaths arising from 65,904 births that occurred in 2015, of at least 500g birthweight and/or at least 24 weeks gestation. Stillbirths, early neonatal and late neonatal deaths accounted for 294 (60.2%), 166 (34.0%) and 28 (5.7%) of the 488 deaths, respectively. 


Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2015 (5,042kB)

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We are pleased to announce that the 6th International Conference on Fetal Growth will be held in beautiful

Cork, Ireland
20 - 22 September 2017

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European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Reporoductive Biology publishes 

NPEC article that shows peripartum hysterectomy occurs in 1/3000 deliveries yet the irreversible consequences remain. 

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The Planned Home Births in Ireland Annual Report 2014 report published by the Health Service Executive in collaboration with the National Perintal Epidemiology Centre is to present an overview and national statistics on the home births service provided by SECMs in the Republic of Ireland for the year 2014. The report audits the home birth service by examining both the maternal and fetal outcomes of planned home births, including outcomes whereby the care of the woman is transferred for hospital care antenatally, during labour or postnatally.

 Planned Home Births in Ireland Report 2014 (2,959kB)

NPEC Study Day 2017 Severe Maternal Morbidity –Major Obstetric Haemorrhage

NPEC Study Day 2017

‌The International  Stillbirth  Alliance  Annual  Conference  will  be  held  in  Cork,  Ireland  from 22-­‐24th  September  2017  at  the  University  College  Cork  campus.  The Conference will  take place  over  two  days,  Saturday  and  Sunday,  with  a  mixture  of  plenary  and  concurrent sessions from invited speakers and selected presentations from conference abstracts. Pre-conference,  an    IMPROVE    workshop    will    be    held    on    Friday    22nd    September (­‐practice/improve/).  The call  for  abstract  submissions will  go  live  in  January  2017.  A lively  social  programme  is  planned  to  integrate  with  the Conference.  For further  information  please  see  and  follow the Conference on Twitter @isacork2017. We look forward to your continued support and hope you will be able to attend.

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This is the third report from the national audit of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Ireland. It reports on 365 cases of SMM that occurred in 18 of the 19 Irish maternity units in 2014. It also reports on findings from the first national audit of critical care in obstetrics in Ireland. Fifteen of the 19 Irish maternity units contributed to the critical care in obstetric audit in 2014, including two large tertiary referral maternity units and thirteen smaller maternity units.

 In 2014, the eighteen participating maternity units reported that 365 women experienced SMM, as defined in this audit, constituting a rate of 5.93 per 1,000 maternities.

 From 2011 to 2014, the SMM rate varied from 3.83 to 5.93 per 1,000 maternities or from one in 260 maternities to one in 170 maternities. Respectively, the SMM rate was 16%, 24% and 55% higher in 2012, 2013 and 2014 than in the base year 2011. 

Severe Maternal Morbidity Report 2014 (1,341kB)

This is the fourth report of the national clinical  audit on perinatal mortality in Ireland using  the NPEC data collection tool and classification  system. Anonymised data were reported by  the 20 Irish maternity units on a total of 504 perinatal deaths occurring in 2014 arising from 67,663 births of at least 500g birthweight or at least 24 weeks gestation. Stillbirths, early neonatal and late neonatal deaths accounted for 330 (65.5%), 141 (28.0%) and 33 (6.5%) of the 504 deaths, respectively.

The perinatal mortality rate was 7.0 deaths per 1,000 births; corrected for congenital malformation, the rate was 4.7 per 1,000 births; the stillbirth rate was 4.9 per 1,000 births; and, the early neonatal death rate was 2.1 per 1,000 live births.

The report is available to download Perinatal Mortality Report 2014 (3,427kB)

WHO publishes statement on the rates of caesarean section, and proposes use of Robson classification system
WHO’s statement illustrates how important it is to ensure caesarean section are provided to the women in need – and not just focus on achieving any specific rate.
Dr Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP

Since 1985, the international healthcare community has considered the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10-15%. Since then, caesarean sections have become increasingly common in both developed and developing countries. The WHO statement published today says that when caesarean section rates rise towards 10% across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases.

WHO statement

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