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

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

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

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 

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

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

WHO publishes statement on the rates of caesarean section, and proposes use of Robson classification system
WHO’s statement illustrates how important it is to ensure caesarean section are provided to the women in need – and not just focus on achieving any specific rate.
Dr Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP

Since 1985, the international healthcare community has considered the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10-15%. Since then, caesarean sections have become increasingly common in both developed and developing countries. The WHO statement published today says that when caesarean section rates rise towards 10% across a population, the number of maternal and newborn deaths decreases.

WHO statement

This is the fourth 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 20 Irish maternity units on a total of 504 perinatal deaths occurring in 2014 arising from 67,663 births of at least 500g birthweight or at least 24 weeks gestation. Stillbirths, early neonatal and late neonatal deaths accounted for 330 (65.5%), 141 (28.0%) and 33 (6.5%) of the 504 deaths, respectively.

The perinatal mortality rate was 7.0 deaths per 1,000 births; corrected for congenital malformation, the rate was 4.7 per 1,000 births; the stillbirth rate was 4.9 per 1,000 births; and, the early neonatal death rate was 2.1 per 1,000 live births.

The report is available to download Perinatal Mortality Report 2014 (3,427kB)

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