Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Member of Parliament for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill

Black Maternal Health APPG Meeting

Apr 25, 2023 | Campaigns, Parliamentary Work

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APPG on Black Maternal Health

I founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Black Maternal Health because we have known about the inequalities facing Black mothers for decades and failed to address them. The colour of a mother’s skin should have no bearing on her health outcomes or her baby’s. To mark Black Maternal Health Awareness Week (24th-30th April), we convened a packed-out meeting in Parliament with campaigners, healthcare professionals and other MPs. We discussed the progress made on tackling the issue and what more needs to be done to eliminate these disparities. The Women and Equalities Select Committee Report provided some common-sense steps for improving health outcomes. I also recently wrote to every NHS trust in England, asking about plans to tackle the health inequalities facing Black mothers. The lack of action from the government has led many Trusts to pilot their own schemes in the meantime. We can learn from the work they are already doing to improve maternity care for Black women and birthing people.