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Commons committee calls for more choice over home births. BMJ 2003;327:249 (2 August)

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Tayal, Upsana

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A House of Commons committee has criticised UK maternity services as patchy and has urged more trusts to support women who want to give birth at home.

The health select committee published two reports last week, one on inequality in access to maternity services across the United Kingdom and one on choice in maternity services.

The second report urged healthcare trusts to support the option of home births and to provide independent midwives where needed. The committee estimates that up to 10 times as many women would want to give birth at home, if given the choice, but that this choice was either not provided or taken away.

In its report on access to maternity services the committee says that not all families across the country are getting access to the services that they need.

The report identifies prejudice among maternity care staff relating to race, class, or disability. The Royal College of Midwives admitted to institution-alised racism in the maternity services. The committee recommends that trusts recruit midwives from a greater range of ethnic groups and communities to redress the imbalance.

In particular the report highlights the problems faced by homeless women, asylum seekers, women whose first language is not English, and deaf women.

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A House of Commons committee has criticised UK maternity services as patchy and has urged more trusts to support women who want to give birth at home.

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➡ place of birth ; homebirth

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Bernard Bel — 22 Feb 2005

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