Perinatal Statistics


Department of Health

Key information

Perinatal outcomes (live births, still births, early neonatal deaths) and perinatal mortality rates, previous stillbirths, birthweight, gestation period, interval since last birth, type of antenatal care, length of stay, method of delivery, type of feeding, mother's and fathers occupations and nationalities, perinatal outcomes, cause of death, by age of mother, marital status and occupation etc.


Pre 2014 Information on the Birth Notification Form processed by the NPRS (National Perinatal Reporting System) unit at the ESRI. With effect from January 1, 2014, the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) will have responsibility for the National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS) scheme. NPRS collects information all births nationally through the Birth Notification Form.


All births.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



10-12 months after the end of the reference year


  • Age of mother
    Less than 15 years; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45+ years. Some tables exclude higher and lower age bands.
  • Maternal parity
    0 maternities; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7+ maternities.
  • Marital status
    Married; Single; Widowed; Separated; Divorced.
  • Occupational group
    Farmers & farm managers; Other agricultural occupations & fishermen; Higher professional; Lower professional; Employers & Managers; Salaried employees; Intermediate non-manual workers; Other non-manual workers; Skilled manual workers; Semi-skilled manual workers; Unskilled manual workers; Unemployed; Home Duties; Not classifiable; Not stated; Not applicable.
  • County
    The 26 geographic counties, except that Tipperary NR and Tipperary SR are distinguished.
  • Birthweight group
    500-749 grams; 750-999; 1000-1249; 1250-1499; 1500-1999; 2000-2499; 2500-2999; 3000-2499; 3500-3999; 4000-4499; 4500+ grams.
  • Nationality
    Ireland; UK; EU15 (excluding Ireland & UK); EU15 to EU27 accession states; Rest of Europe; Africa; Asia; America; Australia; New Zealand and other Oceania; Other nationality; Not stated.
  • Feeding
    Artificial; Breastfed; Combined.
  • Antenatal care
    Hospital/obstetrician; General practitioner only; Hospital and GP combined; None; Midwife only.
  • Delivery method
    Spontaneous; Breech/forceps; Forceps; Vacuum extraction; Caesarean; Other specified & combined.
  • Cause of Death
    Congenital anomalies; Maternal conditions and complications in pregnancy; Slow foetal growth, malnutrition & immaturity; Birth trauma; Other foetal and neonatal conditions; Maceration, ill-defined conditions & all other causes; with further breakdown using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).


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