Global Burden, Epidemiologic Trends, and Prevention of Intrapartum-Related Deaths in Low-Resource Settings

Clin Perinatol. 2016 Sep;43(3):593-608. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2016.05.001.


Intrapartum-related neonatal deaths include live-born infants who die in the first 28 days of life from neonatal encephalopathy or die before onset of neonatal encephalopathy and have evidence of intrapartum injury. A smaller portion of the population in poorer countries has access to basic obstetric and postnatal care causing neonatal mortality rates to be higher. Presence of a skilled birth attendant and provision of basic emergency obstetric care can reduce intrapartum birth asphyxia by 40%. With the announcement of Sustainable Development Goals and global Every Newborn Action Plan, there is hope that interventions around continuum of care will save lives.

Keywords: Birth asphyxia (BA); Helping Babies Breathe (HBB); Intrapartum related neonatal deaths (IRND); Low and middle income countries (LMIC); Neonatal encephalopathy (NE); Skilled birth attendant (SBA); The live saved tool (LiST).

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / epidemiology
  • Asphyxia Neonatorum / prevention & control*
  • Developing Countries
  • Female
  • Health Resources*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Midwifery / education*
  • Perinatal Care
  • Perinatal Death / prevention & control*
  • Perinatal Mortality / trends*
  • Pregnancy
  • Resuscitation*