Report: MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance
The MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance for Births in 2019 – October 2021 report has been published. Despite rates of stillbirth and neonatal mortality reducing over time, babies born to women living in the most deprived areas are twice as likely to be stillborn and at a 73% excess risk of neonatal death compared to babies born to women living in the least deprived areas; this excess risk has increased over the period from 2015 to 2019.
Mortality rates remain exceptionally high for babies of Black and Black British ethnicity: stillbirth rates are over twice those for babies of White ethnicity and neonatal mortality rates are 43% higher. Similarly, mortality rates remain high for babies of Asian and Asian British ethnicity: stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates are both around 60% higher than for babies of White ethnicity.