Maternity Alliance considers needs of Muslim families

2 April 2005

The Maternity Alliance is working to develop policy around the births of babies to take account of fathers’ roles.

Three publications in particular are feeding into government policy, and can help organisations that support Muslim families develop their thinking in this area, in order to lobby on behalf of their clients both locally and nationally.

  • Experiences of Maternity Services: Muslim Women’s Perspectives

In 2003 the Maternity Alliance conducted a small-scale qualitative research study into Muslim parents’ experiences of maternity services in England. The study found that whilst some Muslim women receive good quality maternity care, many do not. Basic facilities and services in the NHS are often insensitive to their needs and those of their partners. Problems and key findings, including discrimination and poor access to information are discussed and recommendations made. The study involved focus groups with Muslim mothers, questionnaires with Muslim fathers, and interviews with health professionals to identify barriers to providing good quality maternity care for Muslim parents, and models of good practice. Published in November 2004 by the Maternity Alliance, this document is available from the organisation for a £3.50 photocopying charge.

  • And Baby Makes Three: a man’s guide to becoming a father (Price: £2.50)

Contains sections on becoming a parent, how to ask for help, the way to healthy recovery, common thoughts and feelings, talking to your partner, family and friends and thinking about work.

  • Maternity, Paternity and Parental Leave and Welfare Benefits (Price: £1.00)

A comprehensive guide to welfare and work-related benefits in the first year of a child’s live
To access or purchase these reports go to:

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