Deprived women are 60% less likely to receive antenatal care

Released on: 17 September 2014

A new study published in BJOG reveals that women from lower socioeconomic groups in the UK report a poorer experience of maternity care.

Rosemary Dodds, Senior Policy Adviser, NCT said:

“It’s extremely worrying to find that some of the most vulnerable women were more likely to find they couldn’t see a health professional as early as they wanted in their pregnancy or felt they were not treated with respect. 

“Maternity services are under pressure with increasing birth rates and limited resources. However providing high quality antenatal care is crucial for expectant mothers. It can help them to cope better emotionally and may identify problems which could be treated. Improving continuity of carer for the most vulnerable women should be a priority to improve outcomes for mothers and babies.”