NPEU in the News

Research from the NPEU is covered in a BBC News story published last week, highlighting the findings of our most recent MBRRACE-UK collaboration's annual report, Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care by Knight et. al., 2018.

The report shows that the number of women dying as a consequence of complications during or after pregnancy remains low in the UK - fewer than 10 of every 100,000 pregnant women die in pregnancy or around childbirth. However, the report highlights striking inequalities: black women are five times and Asian women two times more likely to die as a result of complications in pregnancy than white women and urgent research and action to understand these disparities is recommended.

A follow-up report will be led by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, which said it hoped to "identify clear ways to reduce the disparity in mortality amongst black and Asian women".

You can read the article "Why are black mothers at more risk of dying?" on the BBC News website.