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New report from MBRRACE-UK now available

"Perinatal mortality Surveillance Report – UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2013"

The first Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report issued by the MBRRACE-UK collaboration is published today.

There has been an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in the UK which continues the trend from 2003 onwards. However, the overall trend masks variations in rates across the UK. These variations remain despite the fact that a new analytical method has been introduced by MBRRACE-UK to take into account aspects of care-mix to allow ‘fairer’ comparisons of mortality rates between services for high risk and low risk pregnancies. The new analytical method also takes into account the random variation in rates which can occur because of the small number of births which occur in some areas. Led by the MBRRACE-UK collaborators based in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Leicester, the report also highlights variations in mortality rates between different groups in the population. For example, pregnancies to women living in areas with the highest levels of poverty in the UK are over 50% more likely to end in stillbirth or neonatal death. Read the full report and follow us on twitter @TIMMSleicester @mbrrace

MBRRACE-UK report shows fall in maternal deaths

Maternal deaths in the UK have decreased from 11 per 100,000 women giving birth in 2006-8 to 10 100,000 women giving birth in 2009-12 according to the national report published by the MBRRACE-UK team, led from the NPEU.  The report, "Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care", is launched today at the RCOG in London. Download the report.

MBRRACE-UK online reporting system up and running

The MBRRACE-UK online reporting system for perinatal and infant deaths has been available since 10 April 2013. Thank you to the 84 trusts and health boards from across the UK who have entered data so far.

For more information see the MBRRACE-UK website.

MBRRACE-UK a new national programme

MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies - Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK) to run the national Maternal, Newborn and Infant Clinical Outcomes Review Programme, effective immediately.

More information available on the NPEU website or the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) website.

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