Vulnerable pregnant women 'lack access to antenatal care'

Many of the most vulnerable pregnant women are missing out on vital care in England and Wales, experts say.

NHS watchdog NICE said teenage mothers, domestic abuse victims, drug users and non-English speakers were the least likely to use antenatal services despite being the most in need.

Dr Gillian Leng, NICE's deputy chief executive, says some of the women most in the vulnerable groups are five time more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than groups of affluent women.

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