Events Archive

NPEC Study Day 2020 - 17th January 2020

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) recently hosted its annual Study Day in The Kingsley Hotel, Cork. The 2020 theme was Investigations into Perinatal Mortality: Considerations and Lessons Learned.

The event was well attended by delegates travelling from various parts of the country. The programme offered a diverse range of perspectives on the topic of Perinatal Mortality. This included talks from doctors and midwives, as well as a focus on the patient's, parents', hospital staff's and coroner's experience of Perinatal Mortality in Ireland. 

Speaker Presentations: 

An Overview of Perinatal Mortality in Ireland, Paul Corcoran, PhD

Irish Inquiry Reports - Perinatal Deaths and Pregnancy Loss Services, Dr. Helps

Dealing with Media Queries, Ms. Kate McSweeney


Photos from the 2020 NPEC Study Day: 

NPEC launches exhibition "Developing a Picture of Us" 2nd - 22nd November 2019

"Developing A Picture of Us" was an exhibition at Cork City Library, based on research that took place at Cork University Maternity Hospital with mothers experiencing complicated pregnancies.

This project, developed by Dr Sarah Meaney, Dr Sara Leitao, Dr Ria O'Sullivan and Prof Richard Greene in the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, offers an insight into the world of pregnancies with a diagnosis of intrauterine growth restriction.

The journey of bringing a baby into this world is an extremely personal one: a life changing moment. At times, however, the path is a complicated, and mothers and babies can experience ill-health that can extend well beyond childbirth. We have seen from research that complications in pregnancy and childbirth are common in Ireland, yet these struggles and suffering are often silent.

Very little research has focused on how mothers feel about these complications, so for our research, we invited mothers-to-be who were experiencing a complication in their pregnancy, and their partners, to take photographs over a two week period. These photographs, along with the parents' explanations, gave us an unprecedented insight into what it is like to have complications in pregnancy.

We are proud to present these photographs, words, and hospital artefacts to give the community an insight into these experiences so they are no longer silent and unspoken. We hope this exhibition will provide a space to bring these words and experiences centre stage and open conversations between patients, healthcare providers, and the community. We hope they will be empowered to make changes, and let other families experiencing complications know they are not alone.

This exhibition was featured in the press (see article).

We would like to thank all the midwifery staff in 2 South and the Fetal Assessment Unit in CUMH who supported this research project. Special thanks to Dr Hannah Glynn and Dr Aoife Morris for their assistance, and thank you to Teresa Rohan and Dr Brendan Murphy for gathering the hospital artefacts for our display.

NPEC Study Day 2019: National Audit: Improved Care


NPEC Study Day 2019

International Stillbirth Alliance Annual Conference

‌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.

ISA Conference


Perinatal Mortality Study Day February 7th 2014

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) hosted a Perinatal Mortality Study Day on February 7, 2014 in the Mullingar Park Hotel,Co. Westmeath to stimulate discussion on perinatal mortality in Ireland. The event was well attended with 150 multidisciplinary delegates from across the country.

The presentations given were informative and gave rise to constructive discussions. For further information please contact Leanne O'Connor

The speakers on the day included Prof Richard Greene, Director of the NPEC; Dr Eoghan Mooney, Consultant Histopathologist, National Maternity Hospital; Dr Paul Corcoran, Senior Lecturer,NPEC & Ms Edel Manning, Research Midwife, NPEC; Dr Frederik Froen, Epidemiologist, Norwegian Institute of Public Health; Rev Daniel Nuzum, Healthcare Chaplain, Cork University Maternity Hospital (All pictured below). The afternoon session included Dr Siobhan Gormally, Consultant Neonatologist, Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda; Ms Brid Shine, Clinical Midwife Specialist, Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Finally the last talk of the day involved a discussion given by Dr Anne Twomey, Consultant Neonatologist, National Maternity Hospital; Ms Ann Rath,  Clinical Midwife Manager, National Maternity Hospital; Ms Dearbhla Ni Riordain, Social Work Manager, Cork University Maternity Hospital and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. 

Speakers Perinatal Mortality Study Day 07.02.14

Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section (VBAC) Study Day

The NPEC hosted a study day on Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section (VBAC) in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin on 20th January 2012.  A total of 200 clinical and administrative staff, representing all of Irelands' maternity units, were in attendance. 

For copies of the presentations, please contact Leanne O'Connor at

6th International Conference on Fetal Growth

First Announcement - Save the Date!

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

Cork, Ireland
20 - 22 September 2017

For further details, please visit

Preliminary programme, call for abstracts and registration details to follow in March 2017

To ensure receiving notifications, return your name and email address to

Perinatal Institute · 75 Harborne Rd · Edgbaston · Birmingham, B15 3BU · United Kingdom

Maternal Morbidity Study Day 12th April 2013

The NPEC hosted a Maternal Morbidity Study Day on 12th April at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Co. Galway.  The event was well attended, with 155 multidisciplinary delegates from across the country.

 The speakers on the day included Prof. Richard Greene, Director of the NPEC; Dr. Bridgette Byrne, Consultant Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Coombe Women and Infant’s University Hospital; Dr Gerry Burke, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Mid-Western Regional Hospial Limerick; Dr Leslie Marr, Reproductive Health Programme Manager, Healthcare Improvement Scotland; Ms Sarah Meaney, Research Officer, NPEC; Professor John Higgins, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Head of College of Medicine and Health, UCC; Dr Conan McCaul, Consultant Anaesthetist, The Rotunda Hospital; and Professor Cecily Begley, Chair of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

Speakers at Maternal Morbidity Study Day 12th April 2013

Caesarean Section Study Day, 21st January 2011

A study day on Caesarean Section was hosted by NPEC in the Brookfield Health Sciences Complex of University College Cork on 21st January 2011.  Attendees included midwifes, obstetricians, gynaecologists, neonatologists and managers from all of Irelands' maternity units.  

For copies of presentations please contact Ms Leanne O'Connor 

Perinatal Mortality Information Day, 11th November 2010

An information day on Perinatal Mortality was held in the Aisling Hotel, Dublin on 11th November 2010, for clinicians and administrative staff involved in the NPEC perinatal death notification process. 

Click to download the list of speakers / programme of events for the day. For copies of the presentations, please contact Ms. Edel Manning at

Vermont Oxford Network Study Day, 24th June 2010

The NPEC hosted a VON study day in the Cork University Maternity Hospital on 24th June 2010 to stimulate discussion on how best to use VON data in the Irish context improve our current knowledge regarding care for very low birth weight infants in Ireland.

For copies of the presentations, please contact Ms Leanne O'Connor at

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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