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. From 2011 to 2014, the SMM rate varied from 3.83 to 5.93 per 1,000 maternities or from one in 260 maternities to one in 170 maternities. Respectively, the SMM rate was 16%, 24% and 55% higher in 2012, 2013 and 2014 than in the base year 2011.

Severe Maternal Morbidity and Critical Care 2014 Audit Report

Severe Maternal Morbidity 2014 Infographic

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre

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