About Us

Who are we?


The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) is based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University College Cork. The NPEC is funded by the Department of Health through the Health Service Executive (HSE). The overall objective of the Centre is to collaborate with each of the 19 Irish maternity services to translate clinical audit data and epidemiological evidence into improved maternity care for families in Ireland.

Achievement of our mission is carried out using a range of research methodologies, including: prospective surveillance; Hospital In-Patient Enquiry (HIPE) data analysis; and systematic reviews. 

Specific Roles of the Centre:

  • To collaborate with government agencies to collate outcome data from maternity hospitals in Ireland.
  • To contribute to the development of clinical protocols and guidelines based on analysis of data.
  • To translate outcome data for mothers and children into improved clinical practice.
  • To act as a resource for the Minister of Health and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
  • To publish annually an analysis of national perinatal data.
  • To develop research thematic areas in the perinatal space.
  • To encourage the development of a national uniform obstetrics chart/record.
  • To establish appropriate expert sub-committees to assess and review material and sign off on reports (e.g. maternal mortality, prenatal mortality, birth defects).
  • To enhance public and patient involvement in NPEC activities and to foster awareness of NPEC outputs amongst patients and the public


Governance Committee Members

Name Area
Dr Michael Robson (Chair) Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, National Maternity Hospital
Dr Linda Biesty Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Galway
Marie Cregan Patient Representative, University College Cork
Georgina Cruise Patient Representative, Patient Advocacy Service
Marina Cronin NOCA Head of Quality and Developmen, National Officeof Clinical Audit
Professor Seán Daly Master, The Rotunda Hospital
Angela Dunne National Lead Midwife, National Infants Health Programme (NWIHP)
Faye Ferris Student Midwifery Representative
Dr Geraldine Gaffney Senior Lecturer, University of Galway
Professor Richard Greene Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Cork University Maternity Hospital / Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre
Professor Shane Higgins Master, The National Maternity Hospital
Dr Heather Langan Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Sligo General Hospital
Professor Eleanor Molloy Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, Trinity College Dublin, Faculty of Paediatrics Representative
Dr Clíona Murphy Clinical Director, National Infants Health Programme (NWIHP)
Denise Malone Co-chair, National Designated Midwifery Officer Group - Home Births
Jo Delaney Co-chair, National Designated Midwifery Officer Group - Home Births
Lilian Mudoti Postgraduate Student, Midwifery Representative
Dr Oladayo Oduola JOGS Committee Member
Dr Michael O'Connell Master, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital
Margaret Quigley  National Lead for Midwifery Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Director 

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC)

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