10 Sep 2021

How can we make birth safer for Black women?

Could inducing pregnant Black women, bringing their birth forward early, make birth safer for Black mums?

Black women report being dismissed and neglected by healthcare professionals throughout pregnancy, childbirth and beyond – and are four times more likely to die in childbirth than women of other ethnicities.

So could inducing pregnant Black women, bringing their birth forward early, address that problem?

That’s what one prominent medical committee, NICE, has proposed.

Today we speak to a doctor who says it’ll make birth safer for mums and babies, and a campaigner who says that early induction is not the solution to a deep and complex issue, rooted in racism and inadequate healthcare for Black mothers-to-be.

And a warning, this episode includes discussion about maternal death and stillbirth.

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