This report from Five X More presents the findings of a nationwide survey, designed with input from an expert panel of Black professionals, which looked at Black women’s experiences of maternity services in the United Kingdom. The report draws on both quantitative and qualitative data from over a thousand women and birthing people from across the UK who identified as Black or of Black mixed heritage; and it finds that negative experiences far outweighed those in which women were happy with the care that they had received
"Despite the stark disparities in maternal outcomes, Black women’s voices and lived experiences have been notably absent from the literature. The findings in this report highlight the urgent work needed to ensure that rapid improvements are made – because a positive birthing experience is deserved not just by some, but by all."
By Tinuke Awe and Clotilde Abe (Peer Researchers & Co-founders of Five X More) and Dr Michelle Peter and Reyss Wheeler (Report Authors).