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  Muslim women & childbirth 07 December 2004  
are the maternity services meeting their needs?

This Thursday the Maternity Alliance present their findings into the experiences of Muslim women and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period to the House of Lords.

This is the first time a report on this topic has been done in the UK, in response to research in 2001 that showed ethnic minority women are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or immediately after the birth of a child as white women.

Why do many Muslim women feel the maternity services available are insensitive to their specific cultural, religious and language needs, and what can be done about it?

Jenni talks to Dr Stephen Ladyman, Health Minister responsible for Maternity Services, Ruba Sivagnanam, Head of Policy at Maternity Alliance and Shahida Hanif, a qualified midwife and public health nurse for the South Asian community in Blackburn.

Further information from the BBC Actionline: 0800 044 044

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