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Facilitator: Jane Houston
Background: The aims of this research project are to explore improving timely uptake of antenatal care in the UK.
Data analysis was undertaken, looking at hospital data in an area with high levels of socio-economic deprivation and ethnic diversity. A systematic literature review examined the evidence surrounding ethnic minority women’s experiences of accessing antenatal care in high income European countries. A co-produced intervention was developed, aiming to increase uptake of antenatal care.
Discussion: Of all ethnic groups, Black African and Black Caribbean women had the highest proportion of women booking late. Structural factors impact access to antenatal care for ethnic minority women in high-income European countries. Multiple methods of co-production enabled a diversity of service users to develop a community-level intervention to increase uptake of antenatal care.
Conclusions: There is a need to develop interventions to increase timely initiation of antenatal care.