In making this statement, we acknowledge that, as a group of white
women we speak from a position of privilege. This statement is
intended to show support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter
movement. If any of the following causes offence, please tell us – we
promise to listen.
In the aftermath of yet more tragic deaths and acts of violence against BAME people, we have seen
protests and demonstrations across the world and in the UK, calling out for desperately needed
At the Pregnancy and Parents Centre, we have been listening to the many voices across the globe
and in our own community on how we can best support efforts to eradicate racism, how we can
avoid becoming part of the problem, and how to become effective agents of change.
The PPC exists to support all parents-to-be and families on an emotional and practical level, and we
categorically abhor racism in all its forms, of which there are, unfortunately, many. Pregnancy can be
a time of joy, and we all hope it is, but it can also be an anxious time for women and families
where a woman’s ethnic background can highlight the disparity of experience between BAME
families and white families. For example, women of BAME origin are:
– More likely to die during childbearing *1
– More likely to lose their babies during childbearing and beyond *2
– More likely to have complications in pregnancy *1
– More likely to receive a lower level of care *3
– More likely to be experiencing poverty in pregnancy *3
– Less likely to be able to access the available resources in pregnancy
– Less likely to be treated as effectively for pain relief *4
These are just a few of the ways in which our society and healthcare system is set up to discriminate
on the basis of race and ethnicity. The PPC exists in part to address this issue and ensure proper,
individualised and appropriate care for all.
We will strive to continually educate ourselves on issues of inequality and discrimination.
We will strive to amplify the voices of birth educators, midwives, obstetricians, healthcare workers
from a BAME background.
We will strive to call out racism and discrimination when we see it.
We will continue our programme of open facilitated sessions that welcome and support all families
We strive to listen, learn and do our best.
Black Lives Matter.
1. Knight M, Bunch K, Tuffnell D, Shakespeare J, Kotnis R, Kenyon S, Kurinczuk JJ (Eds.) on behalf of MBRRACE-UK. Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care – Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2015-17. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford 2019.
2. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) 2020. RCOG calls for government action to tackle racial inequalities in women’s healthcare.
3. Maternity Action (2018). Exploring Experiences of Maternity and Health in Low Income Women and Children from Diverse Ethnic Backgrounds https://maternityaction.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/MothersVoices2018-FINAL.pdf
4. “Female pain is seen as not as equal to male pain, and pain in black women is not treated in the same way as in white women.” Anekwe, L. (2020). Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Care BMJ 2020:368 m442