Contents

 
     
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Acknowledgements iii
1 Introduction 1
2 Data collection methodology 3
3 Recent trends in perinatal mortality 4
4 Perinatal mortality surveillance 2004 6
  4.1 Total death notifications 6
  4.2 Mortality in singleton and multiple births 7
  4.3 Cause of death 7
  4.3.1 Stillbirths 7
  4.3.2 Neonatal deaths 8
  4.4 Maternal risk factors 9
  4.4.1 Maternal age 9
  4.4.2 Ethnicity 9
  4.4.3 Deprivation 10
  4.5 Characteristics of the baby 11
  4.5.1 Birth weight 11
  4.5.2 Gestational age 11
  4.6 Commentary on findings 13
5 The postmortem investigation 14
6 Variation in stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates 15
7 Future developments to perinatal mortality surveillance 19
8 Other CEMACH studies reported in 2004 and 2005 20
9 Future CEMACH work 23
10 References 25
Appendix A CEMACH Perinatal Death Notification form 2004 26
Appendix B Supplementary tables 28
Appendix C Additional methodology 31