Protecting human rights in childbirth

Inquiry into racial injustice in UK maternity services

Call for Evidence

As part of our national inquiry we are gathering evidence about women and birthing people’s experiences of maternity care in the UK.

We want to hear from Black, Brown and Mixed Ethnicity women and birthing people about the care they received during their pregnancy, birth and after their baby was born.

We would also like to hear from health care professionals working within maternity services about their experiences of racial injustice, how it impacts on them both personally and professionally, and any examples of good practice in culturally safe care.

If you are an individual wishing to submit your experience, please click here to complete the online form: https://www.research.net/r/racialinquirymaternity. If you need to complete this in another language, you can click the drop-down menu on the top right.

If you are a health care professional wishing to submit your experiences, please click here to complete the online form: https://www.research.net/r/racialinquiryhcp

We also welcome written submissions from other experts in this field, including existing published and unpublished evidence (both qualitative and quantitative) which address any or all of our key lines of inquiry:

  • What does racism and bias look like in maternity care in the UK?
  • How does it manifest differently for specific ethnic groups?
  • What impact does racism and bias have on birth outcomes?
  • What impact does racism and bias have on maternity care experiences?
  • What harms are being caused to Black, Brown and Mixed Ethnicity birthing people?
  • Which specific human rights are under threat?
  • How does intersectional discrimination on other grounds (such as age, disability, gender identity, sexuality) combine with racism to exacerbate outcomes and experiences?
  • What does good look like – concrete examples of anti-racist, culturally safe and rights respecting care?
  • What change is needed – legal, policy, systemic, practice, individual?

Please email any relevant documents to inquiry@birthrights.org.uk

Please be assured that all stories and any personal information shared will be stored in a secure way and only used with your permission for the purposes of the inquiry. Find out more in our FAQs on how we will use and protect your data for the inquiry or Birthrights’ general privacy policy.