Source: BBC News
On December 9, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Poor maternity care is putting many Muslim women at risk, according to a report by the Maternity Alliance. The most common complaints were about lack of privacy and being treated by male doctors. Many problems were caused by a lack of understanding about the Muslim faith but some were due to discrimination, the report found. The report follows a study into maternal deaths showing ethnic minority women had the highest mortality rates. The 2001 study cited social exclusion, ethnicity, lack of English and late or irregular access to ante-natal care as significant risk factors."