MothersVoices

which explores the difficulties faced by black and minority ethnic women on low incomes in managing maternal and child health, and the potential of the VCSE sector to contribute to better health for this group.

We consulted with 81 women and 20 VCSE organisations across England in 10 focus groups and 20 research interviews. We spoke to asylum seeking women, Orthodox Jewish women, Gypsy, Traveller and Roma women, women who did not speak English and other groups who are seldom heard in health debates.

Issues that emerged included: experiences of prejudice and discrimination; impacts on continuity of care for women with insecure housing; language and communication barriers affecting care relationships and informed choice; negative impacts of poor employment practices and the benefits system; and the particular challenges faced by women with no recourse to public funds.

The project was funded through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) and co-produced with Race Equality Foundation and Friends, Families and Travellers. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Public Health England (PHE).