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Racism in UK maternity care risks safety of Black, Asian and mixed ethnicity women

By Hannah Summers

22 May 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Systematic racism within maternity care is risking the lives of numerous people from BAME communities. The Guardian reports on a recent study.

Systemic racism within UK maternity care is risking the safety of people from Black, Asian and mixed ethnicity backgrounds, often with devastating consequences, according to a report by the childbirth charity Birthrights.

More than 300 people with lived and professional experience of racial injustice in a maternity setting gave evidence to an expert panel chaired by Shaheen Rahman QC, a barrister who specialises in clinical negligence, as part of the charity’s year-long inquiry into the issue.

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