THURSDAY 14TH DECEMBER
MDE Ireland is pleased to announce the publication of its most recent triennial report: Confidential Maternal Death Enquiry in Ireland, Report for 2013 – 2015. The report (attached) can be accessed via the web site at: https://www.ucc.ie/en/mde/publications/.
Publication of this report coincides with the latest report from MBRRACE-UK, ‘Saving Lives, Improving Mother’s Care: Lessons learned to inform future maternity care from the UK and Ireland. Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Death and Morbidity 2013 – 2015. Available at: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports
It is recommended that the MDE Ireland report is read in conjunction with the MBRRACE-UK 2017 report.
- For the triennium 2013 – 2015, the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Ireland was 6.5 per 100,000 maternities or one in 15,301 women.
- The decrease in MMR from 9.8 per 100,000 in 2012-2014 was not statistically significant.
- The UK MMR was 8.76 per 100,000 maternities. This does not represent a statistically significant difference in MMR between countries (Risk ratio 0.75, CI 0.43-1.31; p = 0.306).
- For the years 2013-2015, the proportion of maternal deaths due to direct and indirect causes was 30% and 70% respectively. This highlights ongoing challenges for maternity services in caring for women with pre-existing medical and mental health disorders.
- Cardiac disease was the single commonest cause of maternal death in Ireland for the years 2009 – 2015, and the triennium 2013-2015.
- Venous thromboembolism and suicide feature prominently as leading cause of direct maternal death during pregnancy and up to 42 days following the pregnancy end.
- Suicide is now classified as a direct maternal death and was the leading cause of direct maternal deaths occurring between six weeks and one year after pregnancy end. This reflects findings in the UK.
- While the numbers of maternal deaths in specific age groups in 2009-2015 were small, there was evidence of an increasing MMR among women aged 35 years and above.
- Almost half (45%) of all maternal deaths and 58% of direct maternal death occurred in an ICU setting. This highlights the importance of good communication between ICU in adult hospitals and stand-alone maternity units.
If you require any further information please contact:
Edel Manning, MDE Ireland Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org / +353 21 4205042