In response to the growing commitment in the region to work together to address inequality and inequity within maternity and neonatal services the Regional Perinatal Equity Network was launched in July 2021 by the West of England and South West Academic Health Science Networks.

Who can join the network?

The network is open to all working within maternity and neonatal services, related organisations or with a responsibility or interest in reducing inequalities in the NHS. We warmly welcome parents or patient partners to join us.

Aims & Objectives:

Our ambition is for the network to serve as a community of practice, exploring the delivery of meaningful, actionable improvements to reduce inequity of outcomes for women and families within the perinatal system.

  • To provide a space for collaboration, discussion and sharing of learning related to reducing inequity for those working in perinatal care in the West and South West AHSN regions.
  • To demonstrate a regional commitment to addressing inequalities in maternity and neonatal systems.
  • To facilitate a psychologically safe space to explore cultural competency and diversity fluency.
  • To act as a community of practice for those implementing inequality QI within the maternity and neonatal systems.

Find out more

Please read our series of blogs focused on perinatal equity.

Meetings are held every couple of months – please visit our events listings to find further details and reserve your place.

For more information on the Regional Perinatal Equity Network, please contact Senior Project Manager, Noshin Menzies.

Read more about our Maternity and Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme.

Improving maternity outcomes for Black mothers

Outside of our work on MatNeoSIP and the Regional Perinatal Equity Network, we are leading a collaborative focused on improving maternity outcomes for Black mothers.

Inspired by Black Mothers Matter’s vision that one day Black mothers will no longer be disproportionately in danger during pregnancy and the first year after birth, the project has been developed by the West of England AHSN, in partnership with Representation Matters and BCohCo.

Read more about Black Maternity Matters.