Rochelle Humes was stunned to learn how many black women died in childbirth (Picture: Rex, Instagram/rochellehumes)
Rochelle Humes has opened up about the devastation she felt learning about the number of black women who die in pregnancy and childbirth for her upcoming documentary.
The presenter, 32, began work on Channel 4 Dispatches documentary The Black Maternity Scandal when she was pregnant with her third child and admitted that the things she learned ‘broke her’.
Rochelle discovered that black women are four times more likely to die in pregnancy than white women and hoped to shed more light on why that is the case in the documentary.
She said on This Morning: ‘I was approached to do this doc at a time when – last year – so I was early pregnant with Blake and at that time the figure was five times more.
‘And I was compelled to know why, the fact that women are dying or are “near misses” in and around childbirth and they’re more at risk of that because of their skin colour.
‘I was compelled to find out more and I suppose to use my voice to help amplify the voices of women that are campaigning for this tirelessly for years now.’
She added: ‘I’ve met so many brilliant women on this journey and they have been so brave and incredible opening up. Some women haven’t spoken with their family about this and they’ve trusted me and us with their story.
‘The main issue that comes to play is that black women aren’t feeling like their pain is being taken seriously or that they’re listened to and that is the underlying issue that comes up time after time.’
Rochelle and her husband Marvin Humes welcomed their son Blake in October 2020, and also share seven-year-old daughter Alaia-Mai and Valentina Raine, four.
She revealed that the documentary was ‘too heavy’ to film while still pregnant, adding: ‘I don’t think you have to be a mother for it to affect you. On a human level, it’s not OK.
Rochelle shares three children with husband Marvin Humes (Picture: marvinhumes)
‘The disparities are so vast and it’s not OK, and as a mother it broke me really, it really did.’
Rochelle hopes that the documentary will spur the government on to making a target to reduce the number of deaths, but says it declined to be interviewefd for the film.
She added: ‘First of all, I think we need that level of commitment. There’s talks of introducing a target and who is going to do that, is it the Government? Is it the NHS?
‘I think we need to know when that is, so by this date we are going to make sure that we are committed to making this number drop. That’s a big factor.’
Rochelle added that a new Continuity of Care scheme to ensure the same team of midwives looks after the patient throughout their pregnancy to ensure that they are al familiar with the mother and her journey.
She added: ‘I think that will be the key for change… that you’ve got that same person that you’ve got that relationship with, that listens to you and I think every woman deserves that, right?’
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV. The Black Maternity Scandal airs on Monday at 8pm on Channel 4.Credit: Original article published here.