Euro-Peristat – more and better data for perinatal health

Euro-Peristat is a European research project that aims to improve perinatal health. The project collaborators and contributing experts developed common tools to assess perinatal health problems and health care in Europe and to monitor changes over time. These data are needed by clinicians, policy makers and parents for evaluating the situation in their countries and for making decisions about the health and healthcare of pregnant women and newborns. Euro-Peristat makes data available in reports, on their website and in scientific publications. European Perinatal Health Reports were so far published in 2008 and 2013. The new Euro-Peristat report presenting data on births in 2015 was released in November 2018.

Euro-Peristat is coordinated by INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale), a public scientific research institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research. It is funded under the European Joint Action InfAct which aims to develop sustainable health reporting in Europe. Euro-Peristat developed a list of 30 perinatal health indicators that are valid and reliable and can be used for monitoring and evaluating perinatal health in all European countries. Its network includes over 100 data providers in 31 countries (28 EU member states plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland).

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Euro-Peristat’s main goals:

• Assess the health outcomes of mothers and babies associated with pregnancy, delivery, and after birth. These include indicators of stillbirth, infant mortality and also maternal mortality as well as rates of preterm birth and low birthweight.
• Describe the changes in demographic, socioeconomic and behavioural risk factors in childbearing women, such as maternal age, smoking, maternal weight.
• Monitor the use and consequences of medical treatments and procedures in the care of women and babies during pregnancy, delivery, and after birth.

To download the latest report please go to the official Euro-Peristat website: European Perinatal Health Report 2015