Obstetrical, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research Team

EPOPé is a research team in the Center for Research on Epidemiology and Statistics Sorbonne Paris Cité (CRESS) at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and the Paris-Descartes University.
Our research focuses on the health of women during and after pregnancy, the health of children as it relates to pregnancy and birth, and general pediatrics in France and internationally.
We have three main objectives:

  • to assess practices and health policies and their implementation in the population

  • to identify the determinants of perinatal complications for mothers and babies

  • to study the influence of events of the perinatal period (for example, prenatal exposures, preterm birth, or congenital anomalies) on the health and long-term development of children and on the health and well-being of mothers and families.

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  • Pr. Pierre-Yves Ancel
    Director of the team

  • Contact
    Nathalie Codet, head of the administrative pole
    Tel: 01 42 34 55 80 ou 01 42 34 55 73
    E-mail: epope@inserm.fr

Major projects


A national study of preterm birth in France


This national study of preterm birth in France began 2011, conducted by the research team Obstetric, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology (EPOPé), in collaboration with numerous regional teams of obstetricians, midwives, pediatricians, and epidemiologists

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Overall and population-based assessment of severe maternal morbidity: incidence, determinants, quality of care


The overall objective of the EPIMOMS project is to provide answers to both methodological and substantive questions that are currently unresolved related to the study of severe maternal morbidity and to obtain data characterizing France and allowing international comparisons.

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French National Perinatal Surveys - ENP

Four National Perinatal Surveys have thus far been conducted in France, in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2010 and March 2016.


National Perinatal Surveys (ENP) are periodically performed to provide data on indicators of mothers’ and newborns’ health, medical practices during pregnancy and childbirth, or risk factors and help the orientation of prevention policies.

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Registry of Malformations

A surveillance system for congenital anomalies is a public health necessity.


Continuous registration for women living in Paris or in its surrounding suburbs (districts 92, 93, and 94) who give birth or have pregnancy termination for fetal anomaly (TOPFA) in Paris (N ~39000 per year).

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Inserm researchers from the EPOPé and EARoH teams have developed new growth charts for weight, height, body mass index and head circumference, for girls and boys.

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In 2016, questions will enable us to assess prevention policies and guidelines. Others allow us to understand more clearly how changes in the organization of maternity units affect the care women receive during pregnancy and at childbirth.

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Maternal mortality in France: the decline in deaths from haemorrhage is confirmed but social and territorial inequalities remain.

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For preterm children born at 22 to 34 weeks’ gestation, rates of survival and survival without severe or moderate neuromotor or sensory disabilities have increased during the past two decades, but these children remain at high risk of developmental delay.

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