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Our response to concerns over focus on skin colour in newborn checks

BY BEO | 12/07/2023

We know that maternal care for Black women is woefully inadequate in the UK with Black mothers four times more likely than White women to die in childbirth and the stillbirth rate of Black babies being almost twice that of White babies.

Therefore, we welcome the latest work from the NHS Race and Health Observatory that highlights not just out-dated practices that can have an impact on the health of Black newly-borns, as well as rightly challenging the language that is still used.

Our communities deserve respect as well as practices that truly look after our health at our most vulnerable moments. So, we call for a review of all advice and procedures to bring guidance across the board up to date and demand that ethnic diversity is considered at the start of medical and pharmaceutical processes not as an add on at the end once a tragedy has occurred.