Neonatal death rate continues to fall in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1095
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    The number of neonatal and perinatal deaths has decreased since 2000, particularly deaths in babies from twin pregnancies, but there has been no reduction in the stillbirth rate, according to figures for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland published this week.

    The neonatal mortality rate (deaths in babies in the four weeks after birth) was 3.4 per 1000 total births in the newly reported figures for 2006, decreasing slightly from 3.5 per 1000 total births in 2005. It continues the downward trend in neonatal deaths over the past few years, from 3.9 per 1000 live births in 2000 (P<0.001).

    The commonest cause of neonatal death in the latest figures was immaturity (47%), followed by lethal or severe congenital anomalies (23%) and infection (10%).

    Further data reported …

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