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Black women more likely to die in childbirth

DISPROPORTINATE: Black women more likely to due from childbirth in comparison to white women

BLACK WOMEN in the UK are much more likely to die from complications surrounding pregnancy and childbirth than white women.

That’s the findings of a new report from the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths.

Death in pregnancy and childbirth is rare. But according to the report’s findings there is a proportionally higher risk to black women than white.

The chance of death is 1 in 2,500 for black women and but the rate was five times smaller for white women between 2014 and 2016.

For many, the research into these maternal deaths figures only confirmed what they already knew and what has been debated in the US for a number of years now - being black and pregnant carries more risk.

Celebrities such as Beyonce and Serena Williams have already highlighted the difficulties experienced by black women during pregnancy and childbirth.

The team behind the research say the figures require “urgent explanation and action”.

The report adds: “Research is urgently needed to understand why black women are five times more likely and Asian women twice as likely to die compared to white women.

"More research is needed to understand the specific causes of the deaths of women from these ethnic groups. Yet again in this report it has been noted that maternal mortality is increasingly a problem for women with multiple vulnerabilities.

The report also highlights the number of women who died by suicide after experience pregnancy and postnatal loss or the removal of their infant into care.

The challenge these stats and seek change, the report reinforces the importance to improve overall care, noting that “there is an urgent need to establish pathways for release of mental health records and there is a need for practical national guidance for the management of women with multiple morbidities and social factors prior to pregnancy, and during and after pregnancy.”

Additionally, improvements need to be made for the care of women with haemorrhage and preventing thrombosis and thromboembolism.

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