Share your experience of maternity care in Southwark

We want to hear from you (or your family) if you’ve had a pregnancy in the last five years.
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Southwark Maternity Commission

Share your experience of maternity care in Southwark

Learn about our review of health inequalities in maternity care in the borough (Southwark’s Maternity Commission), and how to get involved if you’re a resident or health professional.

The panel members standing in a row.
The Southwark Maternity Commission panel

What the Southwark Maternity Commission aims to achieve

Councillor Evelyn Akoto, Southwark Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing formed the commission to:

  • hold meetings, listening exercises and ways for women and families to share their experiences
  • raise community awareness about having a safe pregnancy and birth
  • bring about changes in maternity care to help reduce maternity inequalities such as deaths of people giving birth (maternal outcomes)
  • provide a message of solidarity to the people of Southwark 

Why we need the maternity commission

A startling UK statistic from a Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE-UK) report said that:

“Women and birthing people* from Black ethnic groups are four times more likely to die in pregnancy than those from White groups. Those from Asian ethnic backgrounds are almost twice as likely.”

*birthing people means people who give birth.

Southwark is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country. 40% of our population are born outside the UK. The Maternity Commission will capture the wealth of lived experience of people giving birth in Southwark. It will add this qualitative research to the national statistics.  

Who we want to hear from about maternity care

  • people living in Southwark who've had a pregnancy in the past five years and their families
  • people who have worse outcomes in pregnancy and childbirth, including
    • those from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background
    • white residents on lower incomes
    • asylum seekers and refugees
    • those living with long term conditions and or disabilities
  • frontline professionals delivering maternity and/or postnatal care in Southwark

How you can give your views about maternity care

If you are a resident:

If you are a frontline professional working with pregnant women, people who give birth and their families:

Tell us if you want to give your views on maternity care in Southwark

Page last updated: 16 February 2024

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