The National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS) is the principal source of national data on perinatal events. Since the 1st January 2014, the Healthcare Pricing Office (HPO) has overseen the administration and management of this system. The HPO is responsible for overseeing all functions associated with the operation of the NPRS database, including the development and support of the data collection, processing, management, reporting, and responding to requests for information on all births nationally. This reporting system is a valuable resource for informing policy and service planning.

The analysis presented in these data tables are based on data collected from Part 3 of the Birth Notification Form (BNF01) which is used to notify local registrars of all live births and stillbirths occurring in Ireland. See www.hpo.ie for further information and documentation on the NPRS. For information on the interpretation of NPRS data please refer to the data dictionary and instruction manuals available online at www.hpo.ie . Information on every birth in the Republic of Ireland is submitted to the National Perinatal Reporting System (NPRS). All births are notified and registered on a standard four part birth notification form (BNF01) which is completed where the birth takes place. Part 3 of this form is sent to the HPO for data entry and validation. The information collected includes data on pregnancy outcomes (with particular reference to perinatal mortality and important aspects of perinatal care), as well as descriptive social and biological characteristics of mothers giving birth.