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Equitable access to maternity care for refugee, asylum seeking and undocumented migrant women

23 Jun 2022

On day two of RCOG World Congress 2022 (Tuesday 14 June), we were delighted to host a collaborative fringe event at our headquarters in Union Street and live stream to 85+ countries. 

We are now pleased to make these inspiring and thought-provoking talks talks free to access. RCOG President Dr Eddie Morris said at the event "Talking about migrant women's access to care is a vital part of the conversation we are having about improving maternity safety, and ending the unacceptable and persistent inequities in pregnancy outcomes in the UK"


The event looked to address the additional barriers to a safe pregnancy experienced by refugee, asylum seeking and undocumented migrant women is a vital part of ending the UK’s persistent inequities in maternal and perinatal outcomes.

The fascinating session considered recommendations across the system to improve care and support for migrant women, and address policies and practices which currently disrupt access to maternity care.


  • Dr Eddie Morris PRCOG (Chair)
  • Christine Benson is a senior legal officer at Maternity Action
  • Dr Brenda Kelly is a consultant obstetrician, clinical lead of the Oxford Rose Clinic, which is a specialist service for women and girls with FGM,. She is also a member of the RCOG’s Race Equality Taskforce
  • Memuna Sowe is an interim consultant midwife at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Ella Johnson is interim associate director of research at Doctors of the World

Watch the session now

Resources featured in the session

  • Policy and governance
  • Pregnancy and birth