Pregnancy: Ethnic Groups:Written question - 69757

Q
(Bristol West)
Asked on: 06 July 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Pregnancy: Ethnic Groups
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to improve maternal mortality rates for Black women.
A
Answered by: Ms Nadine Dorries
Answered on: 14 July 2020

Analysis of maternal deaths, stillbirths and neonatal deaths, undertaken by MBRRACE-UK, shows that poor outcomes are much higher for mothers from Black/Black British and Asian/Asian British ethnic groups and women living in the most deprived areas of the country.

Work to reduce health inequalities around maternal mortality rates is being led by Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer. This includes understanding why mortality rates are higher, considering evidence about what will reduce mortality rates and taking action to reduce mortality rates. The work is multi-disciplinary and involves a range of stakeholder groups, including users of maternity services.

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