Published On: 11 November 2021

Jabeer Butt OBE, CEO of the Race Equality Foundation said: “This distressing evidence of Black women being more than four times more likely to die in childbirth, adds insult to injury because it shows little has improved over the past decade, or longer.

“Worryingly, there is evidence that NHS England’s commitment to provide ‘continuity of care’, to begin to address this inequality, has only been made available to a small number of Black women.

“This is not good enough in 2021. The avoidable deaths of Black women during pregnancy must be given a higher priority.”


Notes to editors

1. About the Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation is a national charity tackling racial inequality across public services to improve the lives of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Its areas of work cover health and care, housing, children and families, employment, communities and more.

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