Better maternity care for black and minority ethnic women and their babies

Posted on Tue 1 Nov 2016

Better maternity care for black and minority ethnic women and their babies
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Black and minority ethnic women and their babies are more at risk of poor outcomes in maternity. This includes rates of perinatal mortality, infant mortality, maternal mortality and low birth weight. Black and minority ethnic women are less satisfied with the maternity care they receive, and more likely to delay accessing services.

The Race Equality Foundation, in partnership with Maternity Action and the National Children’s Bureau held a roundtable in October 2016 to discuss how the reforms in the Maternity Review could help to reduce inequalities for black and minority ethnic women and their babies. This roundtable heard from people with lived experience, clinicians, and researchers. It looked at the experiences of black and minority women, and considered how to improve them – drawing on examples of good and best practice.

The presentations and event report are below: 

Event report: Better maternity care for black and minority ethnic women and their babies

Bradford City of Sanctuary: Birth with sanctuary (video)

Doctors of the World presentation: Experiences of Pregnant Migrant Women receiv-ing Ante/Peri and Postnatal Care in the UK

NHS England presentation: The Maternity Transformation Programme

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists presentation