Racialised and marginalised groups face significant disparities in perinatal care, as continually evidenced by MBRRACE-UK. At Amma, one of the ways we seek to tackle these disparities is through advocacy. 

Our birth and postnatal companions are trained to understand individuals’ rights and choices around birth and to advocate for person-centred care. We support our clients to make and express informed choices and help to assert their preferences when needed, particularly when there are language barriers.

We also speak up and advocate for action on issues that directly impact the people we serve, from gender based violence to migrant rights and more.  

We believe there should be a holistic approach to understanding the racial, socio-economic and political conditions that affect birthing people from marginalised groups.

Kim March with Midwives

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Mural celebrates Black motherhood and challenges racial disparities in perinatal care

On November 8, a mural exploring Black motherhood was unveiled outside the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow. This mural is a public declaration of a commitment to racial equality and justice, and an invitation to continue to hold this hospital and others like it to account — to co-create a maternity system where everyone receives not just adequate care, but excellent care.

Not in our name: a joint statement on the Borders Bill

In Scotland we have a proud history of protest, of raising our voices against the injustices that blight our society and speaking truth to power.

We – the undersigned – are proud to work in a country that values compassion and fairness. Though across our communities and sectors we work to achieve different things, today we are united in our opposition to the UK Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill.

Why we disagree with the proposed NICE guidelines to induce labour at 39 weeks

If implemented, the proposed guidance would undoubtedly lead to even higher rates of induction among our client group, who already feel disempowered to make decisions within a cruel and inhumane asylum process. For their sake—and the countless other birthing people this will affect—we call upon NICE to stop pathologising race and retract this proposed guidance.