Following a report in 2019 by the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternity Deaths, the charity Birthrights has launched an inquiry into the quality of maternity services for women from ethnic backgrounds.

The 2019 report identified that black women are four times more likely than white women to die during or up to the first six weeks after pregnancy, blaming racial discrimination, stereotypes and cultural barriers.

According to the BBC, the Office for National Statistics further identified that they are more likely to have a poor experience of maternity care.

The Birthrights inquiry will gather information from parents, midwives, obstetricians and anti-racism campaigners with a report due to be published in February 2022.

The chief executive of Birthrights, Amy Gibbs, is reported as saying, “UK law demands everyone has equal access to safe, respectful maternity care but we are failing to safeguard black and brown people’s basic rights – to survive childbirth, to be treated with dignity, to have their bodies and choices respected.”

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