NEW EUROPEAN PERINATAL HEALTH REPORT LAUNCHED

The European Perinatal Health Report: The Health and Care of Pregnant Women and Babies in Europe in 2010 released by the Euro-Peristat project is the most comprehensive report on the health and care of pregnant women and babies in Europe. The 250-page report brings together data from 26 European Union member states, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The first Euro-Peristat report, with data for 2004, was published in 2008. It found wide differences between the countries of Europe in indicators of perinatal health and care. This second report provides the opportunity to see whether gains in positive health outcomes have been achieved and whether inequalities between the countries of Europe have narrowed.

Euro-Peristat takes a new approach to health reporting. Instead of comparing countries on single indicators like infant mortality using a ‘league table’ approach, our report paints a fuller picture by presenting data about mortality, low birthweight and preterm birth alongside data about health care and maternal characteristics that can affect the outcome of pregnancy. It also illustrates differences in the ways that data are collected, and explains how these can affect comparisons between countries.

The European Perinatal Health report: The Health and Care of Pregnant Women and Babies in Europe in 2010 also contains data from two other European projects: Surveillance of Cerebral Palsy in Europe (SCPE), European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies (EUROCAT).

About EURO-PERISTAT

The EURO-PERISTAT project’s goal is to monitor and evaluate maternal and child health in the perinatal period - pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum - in Europe using valid and reliable indicators.

The project began in 1999 as part of the EU's Health Monitoring Programme and has continued into a fourth phase with the ultimate aim of routinely producing data on perinatal health in Europe.

We developed a list of recommended indicators for perinatal health surveillance and published the first European Perinatal Health Report in 2008.

The project is coordinated in Paris but has official representation from 29 countries across Europe and a large network of contributing experts. We receive funding from the European Commission Directorate for Health and Consumers and the Executive Agency for Health & Consumers.

We have recently been featured as one of the 20 successful projects funded by the EU Health Programmes; read more about us here.