MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2020

Reports | Published: 13 Oct 2022

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 its latest Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report.

The report focuses on the surveillance of perinatal deaths from 22+0 weeks’ gestational age (including late fetal losses, stillbirths and neonatal deaths) of babies born between 1st January and 31st December 2020. It found that extended perinatal mortality has reduced by 20% over seven years, from 6.04 per 1,000 total births in 2013 to 4.85 per 1,000 total births in 2020, equivalent to approximately 820 fewer deaths in 2020. Other key findings include:

  • Stillbirth rates have reduced by 21% from 4.20 per 1,000 total births in 2013 to 3.33 per 1,000 total births in 2020, representing approximately 605 fewer stillbirths in 2020.
  • Neonatal mortality has reduced by 17% from 1.84 per 1,000 live births in 2013 to 1.53 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2020, representing approximately 215 fewer neonatal deaths in 2020 and an increased rate of reduction..
  • Stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates increased with deprivation across all ethnic groups.
  • There has been a 12% reduction in the number of both singleton and twin births over the period 2016 to 2020.

The report goes on to make a number of recommendations, including a call for the development of UK-wide harmonised indicators to identify high risk groups, including ethnicity and deprivation measures, to facilitate direct population comparisons.

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MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2020