The documentary is very raw and moving, including stories from families who have been affected by the issue. Rochelle Humes, presenter, businesswoman and mother of 3, presents the documentary, having given birth to her third child earlier this year. In the lead up to the release, Rochelle spoke on This Morning, stating "the main issue that comes to play is that Black women aren’t feeling like their pain is being taken seriously or that they’re listened to and that is the underlying issue that comes up time after time".
Mars Lord, who is a doula and influential voice in the birthing community, comments on her own experience in the documentary. "Black women aren’t given choices in the same way,” she says. “They’re told, ‘I’m just going to do this’. Whereas with my white clients [it’s], ‘I’m just going to do this. Is this OK?’ Or ‘This is what I’d like to do’, and that’s the difference."
FiveXMore is an organisation that has been campaigning for issues around maternal mortality rates to be discussed in the House of Commons. Their appeal was successful earlier this year, and they now have a date for their petition ‘Improve Maternal Mortality Rates and Health Care for Black Women in the U.K.’ to be debated in April. The organisation has set out a list of of 6 recommendations that they encourage Black women to follow when receiving maternity care. Co-founder, Tinuke, talked a little bit about these issues for BBC Five Live: