National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) in collaboration with Northern Ireland Maternal and Child Health office (NIMACH) publishes: Island of Ireland Perinatal Mortality Report 2014 and 2015

This is the first report on perinatal mortality occurring across the Island of Ireland. Comparative data is included on perinatal deaths in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) arising from live births and stillbirths that occurred in the combined years 2014 and 2015 with a gestational age of 24 weeks or more. Anonymised data from all maternity units was collated and analysed by the NPEC in the ROI and by the NIMACH in NI. 


• There were 182,600 births that were ≥24 weeks gestational age at delivery across the Island of Ireland in 2014-2015. Stillbirths and early neonatal deaths accounted for 753 (66.3%) and 383 (33.7%) of 1,136 perinatal deaths respectively. A further 81 late neonatal deaths occurred.

• The 2014 and 2015 perinatal mortality rate (PMR) for the ROI and NI were similar. The All-Ireland perinatal mortality rate was 6.2 deaths per 1,000 births; adjusted to exclude perinatal deaths due to congenital anomaly, the rate was 3.85 per 1,000 births.

• The 2014 and 2015 stillbirth rate for the ROI was 4.35 per 1,000 births as compared to a rate of 3.50 per 1,000 births for NI. In contrast the neonatal mortality rate in the ROI was lower, at 2.39 per 1,000 live births, compared to NI, at 3.00 per 1,000 live births. The differences in both stillbirth and neonatal death rates between the ROI and NI was found to be statistically significant.
• Major congenital anomaly was the primary cause of perinatal death in both the ROI and NI; present in 24.3% and 63.6% of all stillbirths and neonatal deaths respectively.
• The distribution of customised birth weight centiles was similar in the ROI and NI. Approximately 40% of perinatal deaths were severely small for gestational age (<3rd birthweight centile).
• Across the Island of Ireland, a post-mortem examination was undertaken more often
in stillbirths than in neonatal deaths in 2014 and 2015 - 54% of stillbirths and 40% of neonatal deaths in the ROI and 70% of stillbirths and 33% of neonatal deaths in NI.

Key recommendations:

• Establish a process for biennial reporting on perinatal mortality for the Island of Ireland as a resource to support service improvement, audit and benchmarking
• Improve awareness among professionals of the impact of fetal growth restriction on perinatal mortality. The generation of customised birth weight centile charts for
every woman during pregnancy should be considered.
• A post mortem examination carried out by a specialist pathologist should be offered for all perinatal deaths.

This is the first assessment of Perinatal Mortality across the Island of Ireland. Similarities in factors associated with perinatal death occurring in ROI and NI illustrates the importance of working in a collaborative way in order that we can learn and work together to reduce avoidable perinatal mortality in the future.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the contributors and health care
professionals across the Island of Ireland for providing data to both the NPEC and NIMACH. This report would not be possible without their support and cooperation

Island of Ireland Perinatal Mortality Report 2014 and 2015

This is the fourth report from the national audit of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Ireland. It reports on 381 cases of SMM that occurred in 18 of the 19 Irish maternity units in 2015. 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 2015, including two large tertiary referral maternity units and thirteen smaller maternity units.

In 2015, the eighteen participating maternity units reported that 381 women experienced SMM, as defined in this audit, constituting a rate of 6.35 per 1,000 maternities.

Severe Maternal Morbidity Report 2015

The Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual Report 2015 has been published by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre in association with the NICORE (Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation) Group. This is the second annual national report focusing on infants born ≤1500g and/or ≤29 weeks gestation in the Republic of Ireland.  It presents outcomes of all very low birth weight (VLBW) infants born in in 2015 and compares them to those of infants born in 2014, the first year for which a complete national dataset on VLBW infants is available.


Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual Report 2015

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 (5,030kB)

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

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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

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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