Air pollution in pregnancy (apip) London

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Black communities in London are more likely to breathe illegal levels of air pollution than White or Asian.

On the United Nations Clean Air Day we are over the moon to officially launch the first-ever study into the impact of air pollution on pregnant black women that will actually speak to black communities.

The reality is…

  • Pregnant women exposed to air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn and to have reduced live birth rate and maternal depressive symptoms.
  • In 2010, there were up 9,400 premature deaths due to long-term exposure to air pollution.
  • In certain communities, babies are more likely to die due to increased levels of air pollution. A black British baby is 80% more likely to die, and an Asian British baby is 60% more likely to die.

These stats are incredibly sobering, but whilst the data is there, there has been no change in the severity of the problem over the years.

This is why we are speaking to black pregnant women or women who have been pregnant in the last five years for the first time, to determine black mothers’ knowledge, behaviours and attitudes to air pollution so that we can drive real, actionable change from within.

Help us on our mission to help black bumps breathe clean air by taking part in our survey and sharing with as many black and mixed heritage mothers in London as you can.

Expert Panel

Rachael Buabeng

Founder of Mummy’s Day Out, a network for mothers reducing isolation and creating spaces where mothers are inspired, encouraged and empowered on their motherhood journey.

Jennifer Ogunyemi

Founder of the largest & award winning community of Muslim Business Women in Europe

Clotilde Abe

Founder of Prosperity is a maternal wellbeing social enterprise which supports Black and brown mums and mums to be in the UK for free.