MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2019

Reports | Published: 14 Oct 2021

The Maternal, Newborn, and Infant Clinical Outcome Review Programme, which collects, analyses and reports on national surveillance data and conducts national confidential enquiries in order to stimulate and evaluate improvements in health care for mothers and babies, has published their latest National Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report.

This report focuses on the surveillance of perinatal deaths from 22+0 weeks gestational age (including fetal losses, stillbirths and neonatal deaths) of babies born between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

Overall, there were 716,825 births, of which there were 2,399 stillbirths, 1,158 neonatal deaths, 3,168 perinatal deaths and 3,557 extended perinatal deaths. Key findings include:

  • Extended perinatal mortality has reduced by 18% over six years, from 6.04 per 1,000 total births in 2013 to 4.96 per 1,000 total births in 2019 (equivalent to approximately 770 fewer deaths in 2019).
  • Stillbirth rates have reduced by just over 20% from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013 to 3.35 per 1,000 total births in 2019 (representing approximately 610 fewer stillbirths in 2019), and
  • Neonatal mortality has reduced by 12% from 1.84 per 1,000 live births in 2013 to 1.62 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2019 (representing approximately 160 fewer neonatal deaths in 2019).

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MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2019