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Urgent action needed on higher rates of stillbirths suffered by Black families, says Black Equity Organisation

BY BEO | 15/05/2023

Responding to the report by baby loss charities Sands and Tommy’s released today (Monday), Black Equity Organisation Chief Executive Dr Wanda Wyporska said:

“It is scandalous that in the world’s sixth richest economy, babies are dying because of sub-standard care and a disregard for the many red flags mothers raise, with Black families hit the hardest.

“According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the death rate of black babies before or during delivery continues to be the highest, with 6.9 stillbirths per 1,000 births registered in 2021, compared with 3.6 per 1,000 white babies. Black mothers are almost four times more likely to die in childbirth than their white peers.

“Poverty, discrimination, stereotyping and systemic racism are leading to poorer health outcomes for Black people. We need urgent action to tackle these inequalities within society and attitudes within the National Health Service. This is a death sentence for Black babies and Black mothers.

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– For media inquiries please contact Garfield Myrie in the BEO press office: at 07786 864358