Here we have tried to pull together some resources and support groups to help you. Discover expert doulas, midwives, health visitors and support groups you can join for free.
Death in pregnancy and childbirth is rare, in the UK. But according to one report, there is a proportionally higher risk to black women than white.
Mars Lord, a doula who supports women through childbirth, said one of the problems is that conversations about racial bias in maternity care are "often shut down" by those who feel uncomfortable with the suggestion it exists".
What needs to be done?
Research, research and more research.
After a petition that was started in 2019 which 29,336 signed the UK Government is now funding research at the Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care PRU to investigate the factors associated with the excess risk of maternal death for Black and South Asian women.
BAME Maternal Support Resources
Here we have tried to pull together some resources and support groups to help you. Find expert doulas, midwives, health visitors and support groups you can join for free.
An incredible voluntary support group run by parents/carers living and caring for a child or adult on the Autistic Spectrum, raising awareness and understanding from different perspectives, outreaching also to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME) and tackling the taboos and myths around Autism.
Although live events have been put on hold due to COVID-19 they are holding online workshops on their website!
Birthing in Colour is a fantastic birth group for Black & Asian women to gather to explore all topics bump, birth and beyond. Their events are free and you can sign up through Eventbrite, you can also follow their regular updates and sources of information on Instagram (see below).
Approachable Parenting is an Organisation which was established in response to the needs of the BAME Communities.
They offer a variety of services and recognised parenting courses drawing from both Psychology and Faith Principles. The programmes guide parents in developing a healthy relationship with their parents and to develop better parent-child relationships.
They work with people from all backgrounds, cultures and faith communities, in a non-judgemental and supportive environment.
Approachable Parenting remains open virtually following government guidelines. Delivering parenting programmes over Webex and supporting parents over phone or internet.
Started by Candice Brathwaite, Make Motherhood Diverse represents every experience equally and inclusively. They are a platform that provides more visibility to all ''types'' of mothers!
"Make Motherhood Diverse is an act of inclusion.
Because when we look at representations of motherhood in our society awareness demands we ask, where are the black mums, the brown mums, the differently-abled mums? Where are those caring for children with additional needs? Where are those with tattoos and piercings, pink hair or those who just don’t care about their appearance? Where are the gay mums, the fat mums, the working class mums? Where are the mums who might tick several or all of these boxes."
"I’m Done Sitting at Tables where I have to Bring my Own Chair, Squeeze into Inadequate Space & Prove why I Should Be There - I’ve Built my Own Table"
Singer-songwriter, presenter, writer, actress, model, …yes, she's that amazing Jamelia has started her own chat show discussing a range of issues from pregnancy during COVID-19 to the effects of online violence and disinformation on black women. All discussed with experts in their own field, it is something you need to follow!
Find expert doulas, midwives, health visitors and psychologists and influencers who understand the issues at hand and you can follow and learn more from.