BAME women's maternity experiences during COVID-19

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Derby undertook research about women from ethnic minority communities’ experience of maternity care following NHS England writing to all providers to look at perinatal support for these groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. They undertook a survey to which 19 women responded.

Women had a range of experiences of care during their pregnancy.  Positive and negative issues were raised about their care and treatment and communications.

Women had a range of experiences of giving birth.  One woman who lost her baby had no support during labour due to Covid.

Largely women had positive experiences of post-natal support.  They got the support they needed and felt listened to.

The women wanted:

  • Better communication, including interpretation
  • Better integrated and consistent care
  • Longer visiting times during Covid restrictions

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General details

Report title 
BAME women's maternity experiences during COVID-19
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Derby
Date of publication 
Friday, 24 December, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 26 April, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 22 May, 2021
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control
Communication between staff and patients
Continuity of care
Holistic support
Information providing
Quality of care
Service delivery organisation and staffing
Staff attitudes
Staff levels

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Secondary care services 
Community services 
Community health care services - independent midwives

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 
Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 
New mothers

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Asian / Asian British
Black/ African / Caribbean / Black British
Mixed / multiple ethnic groups
Other ethnic group
Specific ethnicity if known 
Any other ethnic group
Any other White background
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.