Skin colour should have absolutely no correlation with maternal health, yet in the UK, the shocking reality is that Black women are over four times more likely than white women to die during pregnancy or childbirth; women of mixed heritage are three times more likely; and Asian women are twice as likely.
The factors contributing to maternal mortality rates are complex. We know that far too many Black women feel that their concerns during pregnancy are not listened to, whilst low income and insecure work can force some women into unsafe situations. The racial disparity in maternal health must be urgently addressed and the Government must start by listening to the lived experience of Black women, Asian women and women of mixed heritage – not by publishing a report which denies the reality of structural racism. You can see a clip of my recent speech here >>
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