“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.
Mental health problems in pregnancy and the postnatal period are relatively common and are associated with an increase in adverse outcomes. Jane Henderson, Julie Jomeen and Maggie Redshaw have conducted a study, using data from an English survey, to describe the care received by women with mental health problems in pregnancy, and to describe the effects of support, advice and treatment on outcomes in the postnatal period.
They found that women with antenatal mental health problems were significantly more worried at the prospect of labour and birth, had lower satisfaction with the experience of birth, worse postnatal mental health, and indications of poorer attachment to their baby. They also found that these women received substantially more care than other women but they did not always view this positively.
These results suggest that health care professionals may need additional training to effectively support women with mental health problems during the perinatal period.
The INFANT study has been featured on the MoreTrials website under a series called ‘Trials that matter’. The INFANT study, which involved NPEU researchers Ed Juszczak, Louise Linsell and Maria Quigley, recruited more than 47,000 women and assessed whether automated computerised interpretation of the fetal heart rate during labour improved major outcomes such as neonatal death and child development at age 2.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Maria Quigley as the Director of Graduates Studies (DGS) for postgraduate research students in the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH). Maria is a statistical epidemiologist and senior researcher in NPEU. She currently supervises several DPhil students and teaches on the MSc in Global Health Science. She assumes her new role in January 2018, succeeding Professor Sasha Shepperd, who steps down at the end of 2017. Associate Professor Jonathan Emberson will continue to serve as Deputy DGS.
Louise Linsell, Senior Medical Statistician from NPEU, will be presenting the latest results from the EPICURE study, “Born at the threshold of viability: impact on cognitive development into adulthood” (2nd November). Associate Professor Ed Juszczak will also be attending the conference, if you're there, please come and say hello!
Louise has two related articles on cognitive and behavioural trajectories in the EPICURE cohort should be published in the very near future.
We are pleased to announce that Dr Gracia Fellmeth has received the Ruth Bowden Award from the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) in recognition of her DPhil research on perinatal depression among migrant women on the Thai-Myanmar border.
We congratulate Gracia on her outstanding academic achievement!
We are delighted to announce that Professor Marian Knight, NPEU researcher and Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, has been awarded a Fellowship ad eundem by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Fellowship ad eundem is the highest honour that RCOG can bestow on people who are not members of the College in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology.
We congratulate Marian on her outstanding achievement!
The NPEU Clinical Trials Unit (CTU) has been awarded full CTU registration by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC). The Review Committee noted that the application submitted for the 2017 registration call “provided clear evidence of operational experience in the design and delivery of large scale multicentre clinical trials.” The committee concluded “a strong application had been presented from a very good free standing unit which met the criteria for Full Registration”. Our congratulations go out to the entire NPEU CTU team.