Better statistics for better health

for pregnant women and their babies

Ensuring safe pregnancy and childbirth is a goal of all health systems in Europe.

The European Perinatal Health Reports provide comparable indicators of maternal and infant health and care in 31 European countries in 2004 and 2010. The Euro-Peristat indicators have highlighted wide gaps in health information and striking health inequalities among european countries. National perinatal health reports are an important tool to better understand international rate comparisons.

Countries routinely publish on the health status of pregnant women and babies. We are pleased to share with you the most recent data available from 21 of the 31 countries participating in our project.

Perinatal yearbooks are compiled from vital statistics, medical birth registers, hospital discharge data and representative surveys conducted at the local, regional, and national level. These  reports provide a more in-depth picture of countries' health systems performance and important information about trends over time and risk factors for poor maternal and newborn health.

In addition to official statistics on births and deaths, you can also access from our website national publications on key topics including: multiple births, congenital anomalies, fertility treatments, alcohol and smoking, cesarean sections, episiotomies, and breastfeeding.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our country teams.

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Euro-Peristat participates in the InfAct project, the new Joint Action on Health Information. 

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