Review of the Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) recently released the Perinatal Mortality in Ireland Annual Report 2016.

The report found that of the 62,871 pregnancies in 2016, in Ireland, 406 of these women experienced severe maternal morbidity (SMM) during or after their pregnancy.

The report also highlighted the association between increased Body Mass Index (BMI) and SMM. The majority of women who experienced a morbidity had a high BMI, with 36.3% of these women being overweight and 23.1% of these women being obese. The report also explored other maternal characteristics such as age, ethnicity and number of previous pregnancies.

In conclusion the NPEC made the following recommendations

  • Public health education programme on maternal morbidity and modifiable risk factors should be developed
  • Maternal Newborn Clinical Management System data from Irish maternity units should collated to identify the influence of risk factors for SMM in Ireland.  

Severe maternal morbidity (SMM) which is defined by NPEC “as a maternal morbidity that is experienced by a pregnant woman or woman who has given birth up to 42 days previously, with 72% of these women experiencing one morbidity.”

Posted: 09/08/2018 09:13:53 by Joanna Gallagher
Filed under: Morbidity, Obesity, Pregnancy


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