Maternity Matters in the News...

Mother holding newborn baby in hospital

 

Every month or so Mother's Love will endeavour to point you in the direction of some of the stories that have made the news in the last few weeks covering issues surrounding motherhood, parenting and women's rights.

At the beginning of February 2021, an urgent investigation was launched to examine how racial injustice is leading to poorer outcomes in maternity for ethnic minority groups. The enquiry is being supported by campaigning organisation Birthrights, one of the two charities Mother’s Love supports financially.

In January 2021, a study by MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the country) showed that black women were four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than white women while women from Asian ethnic backgrounds face double the risk. The study focussed on the experiences of women in the UK. Visit the website of campaign group Five x More, which seeks to highlight unequal racial outcomes in maternity, to find out more about this scandal, and on how people are fighting this injustice.

The campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed brought out a book this month after many months of campaign work, brought on in part by the lockdowns of Covid-19 and the much-lamented throwing of women's fragile working lives into chaos. You can read their latest blog and discussion of policies in the UK and internationally here. Fronted by Joeli Brearley, Pregnant Then Screwed's new book is being billed as the #MeToo movement for mothers. You can buy your copy through the Mother's Love Bookshop if you choose!

Finally, a pandemic-related discussion that appeared in The Guardian about what persistent lockdowns due to Covid-19 might have done to fatherhood. An eye-opening read in parts, to be sure.