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Further Actions Are Needed to Prevent Maternal Deaths From Epilepsy

Marian Knight, Bryn Kemp and Stephen McCall published a letter last week emphasising that maternal deaths related to epilepsy are preventable.

Anti-epileptic drugs during pregnancy should be optimised and a specialist referral should always be sought in women with epilepsy

Read the letter, published in JAMA Neurology. More information regarding these findings are reported in the latest MBRRACE-UK Report.

MBRRACE-UK release: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care, Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2013–15, December 2017

The fourth annual Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care report issued by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration is published today 7th December 2017: You can read it on the MBRRACE-UK reports page.

In this, the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity, the MBRRACE-UK collaboration report on the care of 124 women who died during or after pregnancy in the UK and Ireland between 2013 and 2015, and 46 women who had severe illness in this period. In particular the care for women with severe epilepsy and women who had severe mental illness was examined, as well as the care for women who died.

A key finding was that forward planning of care and optimising medication doses for women with physical and mental health problems could make a major difference to women’s risk of complications during and after pregnancy. In particular pregnant women and those who are planning pregnancy who are on medication should not discontinue their treatment without consulting a specialist. 

To read more…go to the MBRRACE-UK home page.

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MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry 2017 Report published today

Front cover of the report

“Term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death”

The third Perinatal Confidential Enquiry report issued by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration is published today 28th November 2017: You can read it on the reports page.

The rate of term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death has more than halved since these deaths were last reviewed nationally in 1993. This represents a reduction of about 220 intrapartum deaths per year.

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MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report published

“Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report – UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2015”

The third annual Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report issued by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration is published today.

The report shows that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% over the period 2013 to 2015. The Government ambition is to halve the rates of stillbirth and neonatal death in England by 2030. These findings indicate that things are moving in the right direction.

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