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NPEC Severe Maternal Morbidity Annual Report 2018

This is the seventh report from the National Clinical Audit on Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) in ireland. 

The 19 participating units reported that 401 women experienced a SMM in 2018, as defined in this audit, giving a rate of 6.7 per 1,000 maternities.

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Planned Home Births in Ireland Annual Report 2017

The Planned Home Births in Ireland 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 2017. 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. This is the sixth national clinical audit on Planned Home Births in Ireland under the care of self employed community midwives.

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New PRAMS Ireland Paper Published

Murphy et al., 2020 recently published a paper on the topic of "Preventative health counselling during antenatal care using the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) in Ireland".

The study was a collaboration between University College Cork, the University of Bristol and Cork University Maternity Hospital. 

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New Paper on Membrane Sweeping Published

Ugezu et al. have just published a paper, on the efficacy of membrane sweeping, in the Irish Journal of Medical Science.

The study was led by Obstetricians in Wexford General Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital.

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2018 Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia in Ireland Report Published

The 2018 report on neonatal therapeutic hypothermia (TH) in Ireland was launched on the 24th January 2020.

The report was produced in collaboration with the National Clinical and Integrated Care Programmes, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, the National Women and Infants Health Programme and the Health Service Executive.

The report also includes aggregated data from the 2016-2018 period.

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NPEC 2020 Study Day Timetable Announced

The full timetable for the 2020 NPEC Study Day (topic: "Investigations into Perinatal Mortality: Considerations and Lessons Learned") is now available at the following link: Study Day Timetable.

UCC Hosting Seven USA Fulbright Students

31 U.S. Fulbright Awardees will visit Ireland to undertake study, research, and lecturing during 2019-2020. Specialists and students taking part in the programme are from a variety of disciplines, focusing on diverse areas such as refugee integration, culture and identity, sustainable practices, gender-based violence, language technology and health care.

University College Cork will host seven U.S. Fulbrighters this academic year - the highest number in an Irish institution.

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NPEC to Launch the "Developing a Picture of Us" Photo Exhibition

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

The details for the exhibition are as follows: 

Venue: Cork City Library, 61 Grand Parade, Cork.

Date of Launch: 14th November 2019.

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Perinatal Mortality 2017 Report Published

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) publishes its report on Perinatal Mortality in Ireland in 2017. The Perinatal Mortality Rate was 5.6 deaths per 1,000 births, the lowest rate since recordings began.

In the Republic of Ireland, there was a total of 381 perinatal deaths in 2017, arising from 62,076 births. Stillbirths, early neonatal and late neonatal deaths accounted for 61.7%, 29.1% and 9.2% of the 381 deaths, respectively.

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Very Low Birth Weight Infant Audit in the Republic of Ireland 2017 Report Published

The Very Low Birth Weight Infant Audit in the Republic of Ireland 2017 Report has been published. 

A total of 612 very low birth weight (VLBW) infants were born in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in 2017, of which 16 infants had a birthweight >1500g but were less than 29 weeks 6 days gestation.

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NPEC Severe Maternal Morbidity Annual Report 2017

This is the sixth report from the National Clinical Audit on Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM) in Ireland. 

The 19 participating units reported that 391 women experienced a SMM in 2017, as defined in this audit, giving a rate of 6.42 per 1,000 maternities.

From 2012 to 2017, the SMM rate varied from 4.44 to 6.42 per 1,000 maternities or from one in 225 maternities to one in 156 maternities.

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Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia in Ireland, Annual Report 2016-2017

National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology & National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre launches Neonatal Therapeutic Hypothermia in Ireland, Annual Report 2016-2017

Background:

This report is a collaborative initiative between the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology (NCPPN) and the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) with support from the National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP) and the Clinical Strategy and Programme Division of the Health Services Executive. 

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Mortality Risk Amongst Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre, in association with the NICORE Group, publishes Mortality Risk Amongst Very Low Birth Weight Infants Born in the Republic of Ireland Report 2014-2016. This is the first national report to include three years of data on very low birth weight (VLBW) infants born in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) in the years 2014 to 2016. This report is produced by the Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation (NICORE) ROI group and facilitated by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC). 

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Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2016

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre publishes Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2016.

Perinatal Deaths:

A total of 407 perinatal deaths in 2016 were recorded, arising from 64,133 births of at least 24 weeks gestation or at least 500 grams in birthweight. Stillbirths, early neonatal and late neonatal deaths accounted for 250 (61.4%), 124 (30.5%) and 33 (8.1%) of the 407 deaths, respectively.The perinatal mortality rate (PMR) was 5.8 deaths per 1,000 births or 1 in 172 births. Corrected to exclude deaths due to major congenital anomaly, the PMR was 3.6 per 1,000 births.

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Severe Maternal Morbidity in Ireland Annual Report 2016

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre publishes Severe Maternal Morbidity in Ireland Annual Report 2016. This is the fifth report from the national clinical audit of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Ireland. It reports on 406 cases of SMM that occurred in all 19 Irish maternity units in 2016. It also reports on findings from the third and final year of the Confidential Audit of Critical Care in Obstetrics in Ireland. Fifteen of the 19 Irish maternity units contributed data to the critical care in obstetric audit in 2016, including two large tertiary referral maternity units and thirteen smaller maternity units.

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Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland: Annual Report 2016

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre in association with the NICORE Group publishes Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual Report 2016. This is the third Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) Annual Report, produced by the Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation (NICORE) ROI group and facilitated by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC). This report focuses on all babies born ≤1500g and/or ≤29 weeks gestation in the Republic of Ireland for the calendar year 2016.

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Planned Home Births in Ireland Annual Report 2016

The Planned Home Births in Ireland 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 2016. 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.

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Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2015

The 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. 

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Island of Ireland Perinatal Mortality Report 2014 and 2015

The 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.

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Very Low Birth Weight Infants in the Republic of Ireland Annual 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 less than 1500g and/or less than 29 weeks gestation in the Republic of Ireland. 

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Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2014

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.

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Severe Maternal Morbidity in Ireland Annual Report 2014

This is the third report from the national audit of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) in Ireland. It reports on 365 cases of SMM that occurred in 18 of the 19 Irish maternity units in 2014. 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 2014, including two large tertiary referral maternity units and thirteen smaller maternity units. In 2014, the eighteen participating maternity units reported that 365 women experienced SMM, as defined in this audit, constituting a rate of 5.93 per 1,000 maternities.

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Planned Home Births in Ireland Annual Report 2014

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.

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