The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) responds to the latest MBRRACE-UK report, which looks into maternal deaths and morbidity between 2017 and 2019 in the UK.
Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
“The latest MBRRACE-UK report acts as a reminder of the urgent action required to reduce the inequalities in maternity care that exist due to a woman’s socioeconomic status, age, and ethnicity. It is unacceptable that there has been no significant reduction in maternal deaths in the past decade, and this needs to be addressed.
“This report shows clearly why the UK Government must adopt a target and strategy to end the persistent and harmful unequal maternal outcomes for women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, working with women from diverse backgrounds.
“We also recognise the importance of mental health support as it remains a leading cause of maternal death during pregnancy and within the first postnatal year. Individualised recommendations of care based on a woman’s personal needs must be a priority, and digital tools such as the Tommy’s app which has been developed by the RCOG and Royal College of Midwives and aids clinical decisions based on individual social and medical needs, should be embraced to improve maternity care.
“The focus on women giving birth over the age of 45 is a welcomed, as the maternal age increases year on year.
“We will respond to the direct recommendations raised in the report in due course.”
Read the full MBRRACE-UK report here.
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