Maternal Mortality: Ethnic Groups

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 6th January 2021.

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Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price Conservative, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the rate of maternity deaths among Black, Asian and minority ethnic women.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price Conservative, Thurrock

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the higher rate of death in childbirth for Black women.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The NHS Long Term Plan outlines plans to reduce health inequalities and address unwarranted variation in maternity care. This work is led by NHS England through the Maternity Transformation Programme. Targeted and enhanced continuity of care from the same midwife, or group of midwives can significantly improve outcomes for women. The NHS Long-Term plan sets out that 75% of black women will receive continuity of carer from midwives by 2024.

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.

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