Black women are four times more likely to die during or up to one year after pregnancy than white women and Asian and mixed-race women are twice as likely. Stillbirth rates in babies of black and black British ethnicity were more than twice those for white babies and neonatal mortality rates were 43% higher. For Asian and Asian British babies, stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates were around 60% higher than for white babies for both groups (

To tackle these inequalities, we are working with the NHS to share stories from the community about their experiences during pregnancy, childbirth, or the postnatal period within the last two years. Our friendly volunteers will support you in sharing your experience in your own words so that your voice can be heard by key decision makers in the NHS and encourage change.

Share your story

Share your story anonymously by completing our online survey, or contact us directly so we can talk to you about your experiences. Please let us know if you speak a certain language and we will try our best to match you to the right person.

Our volunteers are based in Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley and can speak to you on the phone or in a community setting of your choice, such as a cafe.

Take the survey

If you would like to write down your experiences, please complete our survey by clicking on the link below.

Become a volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who are Black, Asian or other ethnic minority living in Dartford, Gravesend or Swanley to help collect stories from women in their community and to share information about maternity services. This role is perfect for someone who wants to make a difference and who is passionate about women’s health. You will need to have good communication skills, but all other training will be provided. You can support women in your community with a time commitment of as little as one hour per week. Tasks might include sharing leaflets at baby groups, talking to women about their experiences or putting up posters in your community.

Get in touch

If you would like to share your experience, or find out more about volunteering please contact Sonya Richbell.

This service is part of the CORE20PLUS5 approach – for more information click here.