Infant mortality research from Leicester contributes to new UK-wide neonatal programme

Posted by mjs76 at Jan 11, 2011 03:10 PM |
Researchers from the University of Leicester are joining forces with colleagues from other institutions to provide new insight into effective maternal and neonatal care.

The new data-gathering programme established by the National Patient Safety Agency is called MBRRACE-UK, which stands for ‘Mothers and Babies - Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK’.

Despite all the advances in health care of recent decades, nearly 1% of all UK babies are either stillborn or die within the first few weeks – that’s 17 devastated families every day – and up to 100 women die each year during or shortly after pregnancy.

The overall project will be led by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, but The Infant Mortality and Morbidity Studies (TIMMS) which is based at the University of Leicester will take the lead the work focused on stillbirths and deaths of newborns. TIMMS is a collaborative group of national and regional research projects, run by Professors Elizabeth Draper and David Field, including LAMBS (Late And Moderate preterm Birth Study), PANDA (Preterm AND After), PICANet (the Paediatric Intensive Care Audit Network) and others.

Additional contributors to MBRRACE-UK include Imperial College London, the University of Liverpool, the University of Birmingham and Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. The project team will work closely with colleagues from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Institute for Child Health.

MBRRACE-UK will study not only mortality among newborns and new mothers but also those mothers and babies who survive potentially fatal circumstances, combining information from many sources to create far-reaching reports that can be used as the basis for future health strategies around maternity, midwifery and neonatal care.