Kate Osamor, Diane Abbott, Taiwo Owatemi and more support Fivexmore ahead of parliamentary debate next week | Help push for change

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The campaign group behind Fivexmore are pushing ahead with efforts to raise support before a parliamentary debate on Monday, 19 April.

Kate Osamor, Diane Abbott, Taiwo Owatemi, Bell Addy-Ribeiro and Darren Henry are just a few of the MPs who have fronted the group’s April advocacy. In doing so, they are drawing attention to the urgent need to tackle disparities in maternal outcomes. We covered the topic at the end of last month after the Dispatches documentary uncovering the Black maternal scandal.

The colour of a mother's skin should have no impact on her baby's health or her own. I'm proud to sign fivexmore's #BlackMaternalHealth pledge and commit to improving health outcomes for Black mothers."

Bell Addy-Ribeiro

The Black Maternal Health pledge which has been put forward seeks to have MPs speak to local health regulators and clinical commission groups about improving outcomes, as well as discuss with the experiences and concerns of Black women on the matter. These are just two, among a five point pledge aimed at having the government map out a plan to address the issue.

The current absence of a plan has been the source of notable ire and has only added to concerns that this is not an issue which is being prioritised. Last year, a joint committee report on Black people, racism and human rights revealed that despite the mortality rate for Black women in childbirth being five times higher than it is for white women, no solution had been outlined to address the scandal.

The death rate for Black women in childbirth is five times higher than for white women. The NHS acknowledge and regret this disparity but have no target to end it."

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE, Chief Midwifery Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The NHS’ Better Birth programme was implemented in 2016. It aims to improve maternal outcomes across the board. Nevertheless, the disproportionate impact of these maternal outcomes on Black women has been a key motivation behind the campaigning.

The advocacy of Fivexmore founders Tinuke and Clotilde saw them create a viral petition during the peak of the BLM protests last year. It called on the government to improve maternal mortality rates and health care for Black women in the U.K. In less than a week, the petition gained more than 100,000 signatures. With Fivexmore, they have continued to campaign on the issue and also offer their expertise to help Black women manage their way through pregnancy.

Ahead of next week, they’re asking people to write to their MPs to press ahead with the issue and attend the debate - you can find the details to do so here.


Mayowa Ayodele

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