Key messages from the UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry into term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death 2017
journal contributionposted on 02.05.2018, 09:45 by Marian Knight, Elizabeth S. Draper, Jennifer J. Kurinczuk
Since the last confidential enquiry into intrapartum stillbirths and intrapartum-related deaths in 1993-1995, overall stillbirth rates have reduced by just over a fifth and neonatal death rates by over a third. Nevertheless, the UK rates are still high compared with other European and other high-income countries. Whilst term intrapartum stillbirths and intrapartum-related neonatal deaths account for only a small proportion of extended perinatal mortality rates, improvements in care during labour, delivery and immediately following birth should reduce such deaths. The latest perinatal enquiry, published in November (2) focused on intrapartumrelated deaths, specifically those born at term, excluding major congenital anomalies but including those anomalies where the cause of death was felt to be related to the intrapartum period rather than the anomaly, and reviewed the care of 78 babies (40 stillborn and 38 who died in the neonatal period).