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Black Lives Matter in reproductive healthcare

George Floyd’s death a year ago still feels so raw. The best we can all do to show our respect is to continue fighting for equality in all its shapes and forms.

The team at Fertifa were saddened to read a recent report which demonstrated that women from ethnic minority backgrounds have significantly lower chances of having a baby through fertility treatment, with black patients having the lowest chances of success.

Overall birth rates from fertility treatment have increased in recent years, but black patients aged 30-34 have an average live birth rate of 23%, compared to 30% for mixed and white patients, new data from the fertility regulator, the HFEA, shows.

The report, titled ‘Ethnic Diversity in Fertility Treatment’, also highlights that 31% of black fertility patients have problems related to issues with their fallopian tubes, compared to only 18% of patients overall.

It’s a worrying example of racial inequality in UK healthcare. The HFEA and various non-profit groups are calling for urgent research into why the outcomes are so disparate and we fully support these investigations. At Fertifa, our motto is “Fertility for All”. We passionately believe that every individual should have access to the treatments they need. 

We are proud to work with a number of UK employers who have recognised that offering fertility support in the workplace can facilitate people of all ages, genders and ethnicities in achieving their dreams of building a family.

In joining the Fertifa family, employers take a clear and positive step towards greater inclusivity.

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