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.
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.
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.
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 (https://sanda.psanz.com.au/clinical-‐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 http://www.isacork2017.com/ 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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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.