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RCOG responds to new report looking at the maternity experiences of Muslim women

13 Jul 2022

Today, the APPG on Muslim Women and the Muslim Women’s Network has launched a new report, Invisible – Maternity experiences of Muslim women from racialised minority communities.

Informed by a survey of 1,022 Muslim women, and 37 in-depth interviews, the report details poor experiences of maternity care, and highlighting the urgent need to address inequalities within maternity services.


Responding to the report, Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
“This important report sheds light on many examples of poor maternity care experienced by Muslim women, particularly those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. These persisting inequalities are unacceptable. All women and pregnant people have the right to high-quality and respectful care, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or religion.

“This new report adds to the urgent calls from the Ockenden review, Five X More and Birthrights reports, to take urgent action to ensure that every woman is listened to, feels visible and is supported throughout their maternity experience. The RCOG is committed to supporting healthcare professionals provide individualised care that recognises a woman’s personal needs, risks, and concerns, so that their care can appropriately tailored.

“Through the RCOG’s Race Equality Taskforce, we are striving to eliminate racism and discrimination within obstetrics and gynaecology. We continue to work closely with the Royal College of Midwives, policy makers and healthcare professionals at all levels to improve training and reduce inequalities throughout maternity care.”


For media enquiries please contact the RCOG press office on +44 (0)7740 175342 or email

Notes to Editor

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