MBRRACE-UK has published Perinatal mortality surveillance report: UK perinatal deaths for births from January to December 2015. The report examines rates of stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK for babies born at 24 weeks of gestation or more. It found that in 2015 the stillbirth rate was 3.87 per 1,000 total births, a fall from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013. However this is still high compared to many similar European countries and there remains significant variation across the UK.
“Those Trusts and Health Boards identified with high rates of stillbirth or neonatal death rates should review the quality of the care they provide. Work commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership is underway to develop a standardised perinatal mortality review tool to support and improve the quality of review of all stillbirths and neonatal deaths within all Trusts and Health Boards in the future”
Dr Brad Manktelow, associate professor at the University of Leicester, who led the statistical analysis
Read the HQIP press release here
Download the full report and the lay version here