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Health inequalities

Health inequalities

Ethnicity, deprivation, and having complex social needs are some of the few factors that can result in differences in health outcomes including increased risk of deaths (stillbirths and neonatal) and greater levels of ill-health. These inequalities can be avoided and services are responding to these public health challenges.

“Inequalities begin before birth, can adversely impact health throughout adult life, and can persist across generations. Inequalities can impact on pregnancy, including maternal and perinatal death.” (Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries, March 2011)
 

Everybody deserves a better birth

Suzanne Cunningham, Head of Midwifery in an NHS Trust in England believes that services need to be developed to address maternal health inequalities.

Some of the trends and observations to note

In England, it is reported that some of the highest teenage conception rates are linked to the most deprived areas (analysis includes 2009-11). Read more about this here

Get involved

We are currently working with interested organisations to develop resources and approaches for addressing health inequalities within maternity. If you are interested in getting involved or discussing your particular service, please do get in touch with us by completing the form on the following page.