Europe cares about pregnant women, and it shows

Earlier this week, monitoring institution Euro-Peristat released information from 2015 on over 5 million births occurring in all EU member states as well as Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.

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Why this story matters:

Report on European pregnancies and neonatal care evidences improvements on nearly all fronts.

This type of research is rare yet extremely important. Maternal and newborn health tend to reflect the state of health in the rest of a country. Very few international comparisons like that of Euro-Peristat exist because the methods of documenting this information are so varied from country to country. The records of this information are often subpar if they exist at all.

Additionally, Euro-Peristat found a correlation found between the quality of documentation and level of improvement made. By Euro-Peristat seeking out this data every few years, it will become increasingly available and the issues will bought to the forefront, forcing their faults to be addressed.

Euro-Peristat researched into a pre-established 10 core fields and 20 subgroups. All countries could provide information for the 10 core categories of information, but only two of the subgroups.

Euro-Peristat compared 2015's data to 2010's. They acknowledge the fact that this discontinuous data may be flawed, but contend that it is still a valuable tool to measure considerations of European pregnancies.

Overall statistics are trending in a positive direction, but certain countries are performing much better than others. There are wide regional discrepancies in every area. That being said, major improvements have been documented in the state of European mothers and babies over the five years in question consistently enough to warrant celebration of the results.

Details from the story:

  • The rate of teenage pregnancy is down to 3% in 21 of the countries examined and remains low in virtually all others.
  • Underweight birth decreased in the majority of countries, falling below 4.5% frequency.- The rate of neonatal mortalities was 10% lower in 2015 than 2010 whereas infant mortality remained largely the same.
  • Though data concerning maternal death is hard to come by, that which was provided indicated that, on average, fewer than 10 women out of every 100,000 pass away on account of their pregnancy.
  • Rate of stillbirth experienced a 5% decrease between 2010 and 2015.
  • The quantity of cesarean sections has increased more than any other measure, accounting for beyond 40% of all deliveries in some countries such as Romania and Poland.
  • Fewer women are obese or smoking during pregnancy, the latter down over 7% since 2010.
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