Released on: 13 July 2022
In response to the report, ‘Invisible – Maternity Experiences of Muslim Women from Racialised Minority Communities,’ launched by the APPG on Muslim Women and the Muslim Women’s Network UK today, NCT's Chief Executive Angela McConville said:
"The mistreatment and discrimination of Muslim Women within our maternity system must end now. It is devastating that a parent's faith, race, clothing or accent may put them or their baby at greater risk.
"Every woman has the right to be listened to and put at the centre of their care throughout pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. But achieving this will require care givers to understand and respect each parent’s unique circumstances.
"We agree with the report's recommendations that services need to be tailored to meet the needs of ethnically diverse local populations, and a cultural shift in attitudes and behaviours towards racialised minority communities is needed.
"As a charity working to support all parents we will be incorporating the findings into our own work and we urge others who work in maternity services to do the same."
You can read the report here.