New survey reveals BAME pregnant women more at risk of COVID19

Find out what the first research published about pregnant women hospitalised with COVID19 tells us.

The first national study for the UK included the experiences of 427 pregnant women admitted to hospitals between 1 March and 14 April.

Key messages from the research

  • Pregnant women are at no greater risk of severe illness than the non-pregnant population.
  • The majority of women who became severely ill were in their third trimester of pregnancy, emphasising the importance of social distancing for this group.
  • Women from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BAME) were more likely to be admitted to hospital for COVID19. Fifty-five per cent of women were of BAME backgrounds, compared to only 13% in the general population.
  • Women who were older, overweight or obese or who had pre-existing medical conditions were more likely to be admitted to hospital with COVID19.
  • Around 1 in 10 women hospitalised with COVID19 required intensive care and sadly five women have died.
  • One in 5 babies born to mothers with COVID19 were born prematurely, though only 20 were born very immature (before 32 weeks). The research suggests transmission of infection from mother to baby is low.

Inequality is unacceptable

The inequality in outcomes for BAME women is of particular concern and reflect the findings from MBRRACE-UK. The report revealed that black women are five times more at risk of dying during pregnancy compared to white women.

We’ll be providing latest guidance and information for BAME women. If you’d like to share your experience or find out more, please email