Written by Kate Mackay & Leonna O’Neill
Disproportionately high levels of intervention-based births
Pressure to accept proposed interventions without adequately exploring alternative options
Failure to explain interventions and their associated risks, benefits, or alternatives in a language the client can understand with the help of an interpreter
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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.
Amma Birth Companions has been awarded Maternity Service of Sanctuary status, recognising its support and welcome for people seeking sanctuary. The title, the first of its kind in Scotland, was awarded by City of Sanctuary UK, a nationally coordinated network of organisations and services, including councils, universities, theatres and libraries that welcome and support refugees and people seeking asylum.