MPs to debate petition relating to Black maternal healthcare and mortality

On Monday 19 April, MPs will debate e-petition 301079, relating to Black maternal healthcare and mortality. Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Petitions Committee, will open the debate. The Government will send a Minister to respond.

Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.

The petition, which has more than 187,000 signatures, states:

“Black Women in the U.K. are 5 times more likely to die during pregnancy and after childbirth compared to White Women (MBRRACE, 2019). We need more research done into why this is happening and recommendations to improve health care for Black Women as urgent action is needed to address this disparity.”

In response to the petition, the Government said:

“The Government is funding a NIHR Policy Research Unit in Maternal and Neonatal Health and Care study into factors associated with the higher risk of maternal death for Black and South Asian women.”

The debate will last 90 minutes, and will provide opportunities for MPs to question Government Ministers directly on these issues. The debate will take place in Westminster Hall from 18:15, and will be available to view on Parliament TV and on YouTube.

Petition details

  • ‘Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.’ – view on petition signature map.
  • Any Library Briefing Papers for this debate will be available here.

Follow the debate:

Where in the country were these petitions signed?

The top 10 parliamentary constituencies that supported the petition ‘Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.’ are as follows (as at 12 April 2021):

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