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What needs to change? BBC News feature following recent MBRRACE-UK report

Marian Knight, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health from the NPEU recently appeared in a BBC News feature discussing the changes that need to be made in the future following the inequalities highlighted in the recent MBRRACE-UK collaboration's annual report, Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care.

 We know that black women are much more likely to have severe complications than white women, so it's clearly a really important area to focus on and work out why. The difficulty is that there is no one easy answer, it's acutally a very complex picture.

As part of our programme of work, the NPEU will be undertaking indepth research focusing on the underlying reasons for these recent findings.

NPEU at SocSocMed

This year the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health convenes its Annual Scientific Meeting in Cork, Ireland on 4th to 6th September. The meeting will be held at the University College Cork.

NPEU will be represented at the conference by Maria Quigley, Sian Harrison and Charles Opondo.

Maria's presentation will describe methods to increase response rates in population-based surveys, based on experience from the National Maternity Survey (NMS) conducted at the NPEU. Sian will describe the prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder and comorbidity with anxiety and depression in the NMS. Charles will present findings from a recently published study describing the role of social deprivation in explaining differences in infant birth outcomes across different ethnic groups.

If you'll be in Cork at the time, please come and say hallo.

2019 MBRRACE-UK events now open for registration

We will be holding two MBRRACE-UK launch meetings during 2019. The first meeting, in October, will launch the MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance findings: Deaths for Births from January to December 2017. The second meeting, in November, will launch the MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care report.

Please find further details of the two events below. Full details of each event, including how to book and how to submit an abstract are available on the page for the specific event.

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Launch Meeting 2019

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2019
Venue: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London

MBRRACE-UK Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care - Report Launch Meeting 2019

Date: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Venue: The Studio, Birmingham

Professor Jenny Kurinczuk feted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor Jenny Kurinczuk has been named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at the RCOG's January 2019 Members' Admissions Ceremony. The honorary fellowship was awarded in recognition of her contribution to maternal and perinatal health.

Jenny is Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology and Director of the NPEU since 2011. Her research looks into causes, consequences and surgical treatments for congenital anomalies, and surveillance of near-miss maternal morbidity.

Congratulations to Jenny on this prestigious award!

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