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.

About

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".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47115305

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.

Check out the full response here.

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.

A2nd Voice

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

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).

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For Us, By Us⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ✊🏾⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ Why is there a need for a group for Black and Asian women?⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ✊🏾⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The maternal health outcomes for Black and Asian women differ to those of our white counterparts. We aim to close the disparities by creating a space for us to gather to learn from each other, empower ourselves and celebrate the positive changes that we are creating.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ✊🏾⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ We are the ones we have been waiting for⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ #birthingincolour #perinatalsafespot #blacklivesmatter #asianparenting #blackparenting #forusbyus #mysisterskeeper #thefourthtrimester #blackmumsmatter #asianmumsmatter #birth #safe #mbrrace

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Approachable Parenting

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.

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Message to all of the BAME community 💜 We need your help, your voice is important to us! Now is your chance to speak out and share your experiences of having a baby during this era! **Both mums and dads are welcome to share their experiences** Also, if you are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 2years, then this questionnaire is also important for you! Please spare a few minutes, everyone’s experiences do matter! Thank you 💜 Link➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️➡️ https://www.crweblab.com/WebProd/cgi-bin/AskiaExt.dll?Action=DoInterview&Survey=CVEMGREEWROXDCJA&Intvw=XWKQELOZSCVEJZFC @bestbeginningsofficial @babybuddyapp @irchallenges @irworldwide @islamicreliefuk @islamicreliefwm @birmingham_forward_steps bham@_womens @minusviolencepluspeace @children_society @birminghamcentralmosque @greenlanemosque @inspiritedminds @british.ima @britishmuslimtv @midwiferyforum @halalparenting @spurgeonsuk #kindnessmatters #mentalheath #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters @mcapn_muslimcounsellornetwork @muslimyouthhelpline @muslimwomensnetworkuk @mindcharity @mindworksuk #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthweek #kindness #kindnessmatters #covid19 #lockdown #maternalmentalhealth

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Make Motherhood Diverse

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."

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As we start to bring #mmhaweek2020 to a close, its important to acknowledge that Maternal mental health isn’t just about new mums. The focus is rightly there as the suicide stats speak for themselves BUT particularly in these COVID times where many people are under enormous extra pressure with homeschooling, juggling work and life under extraordinary circumstances, its about all of these examples ☝🏼 and more. It’s about co-mothers, stepmothers, adoptive/foster mothers, it’s about Dads, partners, it’s about friends, it’s about the provision of mental health services, it’s about wider society. Mental health doesn’t exist in a vacuum because we don’t live our lives in a vacuum. It is affected by where we live, where we work, the pressures we face and the stress we experience in our day-to-day lives. And it affects those around us, creating a ‘ripple effect’ on families and friends, creating tension and uncertainty. So my call to action at the end of this week would be for us all to be a bit gentler on ourselves, to know we haven’t failed if we have a mental health condition. Reach out, ask for help, share our voices. You are not alone. @jo__love__ P.S. From all of us here at MMD we’re wishing our US based followers a Happy Mother’s Day too 💚 #mentalhealthmatters

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Jamelia Presents...The Table

"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!

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Our next remarkable woman's none other than Ms Carina White!⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Carina is a board member of BCOMS (The Black Collective of Media in Sport) and is also an elected school governor at a secondary school in Lambeth. Away from work Carina regularly organises and takes part in charity events & initiatives centred around improving positive outcomes for BAME young people. 1 fifth of the Dope Black Mum collective.⁠ ⁠ In a conversation on Black Motherhood, Carina bought that authenticity and honesty to The Table.⁠ ⁠ Check out this episode by clicking the #linkinbio⁠ ⁠ ⁠ Join us and put your hands together for the wonderful @brownstown29 🖤❤️ ⁠ ⁠ #JameliasTable #CelebratingUs

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BAME Experts

Find expert doulas, midwives, health visitors and psychologists and influencers who understand the issues at hand and you can follow and learn more from.

Dr Kameelah Says

Candice Brathwaite

Dr Amile Inusa (MBChB MSc)

Abuela Doulas

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@birminghamdoula @abueladoula @_marslord

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Dr. Tina Mistry

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I’m back my lovely friends. However I’m back with a heavy heart. #justiceforgeorgefloyd is on my mind. #antiracism is what we ALL should be striving for. South Asians are part of this and should be protesting for the black community too. #weareallinthistogether and need the help of educators @ravideepkaur_ @novareidofficial @rachel.cargle read books about #whiteprivilege #antiracism educate yourself, check in with what you stay #silent for and what you chose to ignore. No more. If we all challenge the script we will get them to think differently. Hold hope. Take care of your minds and bodies. Anti racism work is tough work. Let me know who your favorite anti racism accounts are below. Let’s do this together. . . . . . . . #southasianpsychology #southasianmentalhealth #antiracism #blacklivesmatter #whiteprivilege #letschangetheworld #inthistogether #racialjustice #racialtrauma #collectivehealing #selfcare

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Nora, The Birmingham Doula

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Thinking about training to become a doula?? #Repost @abueladoula (with @report.for.insta) ... You are invited to join us in our coffee mornings. 𝟭𝟭.𝟯𝟬𝗮𝗺 - 𝟭𝟮.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺⁣ ⁣ ☕⁣ ⁣ These Saturday morning coffees are to talk about becoming or being a doula. ⁣ ⁣ ☕⁣ ⁣ You're exploring your options. ⁣ ⁣ ☕⁣ ⁣ You want to support people as they have, and grow their babies.⁣ ⁣ ☕⁣ ⁣ Experienced doulas Lorna Phillip and Mars Lord are waiting to grab a cuppa with you and chat!⁣ ⁣ ☕⁣ ⁣ 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 ⁣ ⁣ https://tinyurl.com/Abuela-Coffee⁣ ⁣ #ColouringInTheLandscapeOfBirth #BlackMumsMatter #BlackBirthsMatter #Fourthtrimester #MBRRACEUK #ReproductiveJustice #AbuelaDoula #BirminghamDoula #MarsLordDoula

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