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.

In 2017, the primary cause of death for stillborns was Specific Placental Conditions (32.3%), whereas the primary cause of death for both early- and late neonatal deaths was Major Congenital Anomaly (55.9% and 37.1%, respectively).

In 2017, 40.3% of all still births and 34.2% of early neonatal deaths were classified as severely small for gestational age. This highlights the importance of close monitoring for fetal growth during pregnancy.

Perinatal Mortality 2017 Lay Summary

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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