There are approximately 600 perinatal deaths a year in New Zealand, which represents 1 percent of all births. The aim of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) is to review and report on perinatal deaths with the aim of reducing them while continuously improving the quality of systems and policy.
The PMMRC has developed a process for the national collection of data on each perinatal death. Templates for the collection of data have been created with consultation and are updated as required.
From 1 July 2006 all lead maternity carers or other health professionals involved in a perinatal death (any infant from 20 weeks gestation or at least 400 gm if gestation not known, up until 28 complete days of life) have been asked to enter the data on this website. This usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. Paper forms are available to those who do not have access to the internet.
Each district health board has a designated PMMRC local coordinator. The local coordinator should be able to help with any questions about the processes. The PMMRC will include any significant findings in its publicly available national annual reports. At all times every effort is made to ensure the data is secure and that information remains confidential.
If you have questions contact your local coordinator or the national PMMRC coordinator, Kirsty Mitchell.