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Welcome to the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC)

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) is a clinical audit centre located within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork based in Cork University Maternity Hospital. Our main objective is to work collaboratively with the maternity services to effectively utilise clinical audit data and epidemiological evidence and to translate these insights into tangible improvements in maternity care for families throughout Ireland.*

At the NPEC, we acknowledge that the statistics presented in our reports represent patients, and we use this data to learn from past experiences and produce recommendations for improved care. Please be aware that the data discussed in this website might be distressing or emotionally challenging to read. Please remember to prioritize self-care and seek support if needed while engaging with this material.

Our website serves as a central hub for individuals and professionals interested in the work carried out by the NPEC. This website aims to provide information about our ongoing initiatives, research projects, and collaborations with different maternity services across Ireland.

Thank you for visiting the NPEC website. We invite you to explore our resources, engage with our work, and join us in our mission to improve maternity care for families across Ireland. 

NPEC Overview

Read a message from our director and other important contributors or watch our video to learn more about NPEC

Every time a mother gives birth,the important interventions, good outcomes and complications will be recorded and analysed...and most importantly, acted on.

Mary Harney, Former Minister for Health and Children

On the establishment of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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As Director of the NPEC, I am proud that the maternity services in Ireland are collecting data which can influence and improve patient care.

Professor Richard A. Greene, Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre.

NPEC collects data from Ireland's 19 maternity hospitals

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NPEC Awareness Video

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Latest News & Highlights

Visit our Photovoice website

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Audit Highlight: Planned Home Births in Ireland National Audit

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Now Available.
Find out about the latest NPEC Perinatal Mortality Report 2021.

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PPH Spotlight Month
September 2023

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Click to visit the Maternal Death Enquiry website

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National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC)

Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 5th Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork,