Thousands of adverse birth outcomes in England down to ‘alarming’ inequality

Study reveals scale of impact that poverty, racism and discrimination has on women and babies

Thousands of babies in England are being born prematurely, smaller than expected or stillborn because of “alarming” and “devastating” socioeconomic and racial inequalities across the country, a landmark study has suggested.

Both are known risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes. However, until now, little has been known about the scale of their “heartbreaking” impact on women and babies.

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