Black women are more than four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than white women in the UK, a review of 2017-2019 deaths shows.
The MBRRACE-UK report found women from Asian backgrounds are almost twice as likely to die as white women.
Some 495 individuals died during pregnancy or up to a year after birth, out of 2,173,810 having a child.
The charity Birthrights is concerned that overall "this bleak picture has not changed in over a decade".
University of Oxford researchers say for the vast majority of people, pregnancy remains very safe in the UK. But des