Released on: 08 July 2021

In response to today’s MBRRACE-UK report, Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK, Sarah McMullen, Director of Impact and Engagement, NCT, said:

“We have profound sympathy for families with mothers who have died from Covid-19 while pregnant or having recently given birth. While we recognise the pandemic has been exceptionally challenging for caregivers, it is apparent there has been inadequate care for many women.

“Some were in need of an interpreter or advocate, which was not available; others were afraid even to engage with health services. As MBRRACE-UK points out, not all women are able to use technology for online consultation or have the privacy to disclose their concerns. 
“The pandemic is not over. With cases rising, services overstretched and many women feeling anxious, we call for real urgency in implementing the latest evidence-based guidance in this report. We support all MBRRACE-UK’s recommendations to address the cultural and structural biases identified and ensure safe, personalised care for all women”.

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