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    Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
    spark9990 wrote:
    Colin Allcars wrote: The NHS in Bradford clearly know the ethnicity of all the babies born at the BRI, because they don't offer protection from tb to the 'white' ones. Seeing as they have an ethnicity and diversity department (guess the ethnicity of the senior), surely they should be releasing these figures, that's unless they don't want the (still) white majority to know that regarding birthrates, they are now some what the minority! but this is from an office that gives three choices for Pakistanis, none for philipinos' and none for white europeans
    That's a load tosh - my wife gave birth last month. We we're offered TB inoculation (My parents are Indian origin). The lady next to us was also offered the same (she was white), as were the 2 opposite who were also white. . We took it as we have relatives from India visiting us fairly often - so there is a high risk. All the others except one had their babies inoculated against TB as well. . When we visited the Mid wife we were never asked if we we're related (we're not - but still had the same sure name). That seems to be another myth being posted around. Another myth seems to be telling you about the sex of the baby via the scan, we we're told we had a big chance that my wife would give birth to a girl.
    The question about being related is not a myth. I can confirm it was asked, the midwife was even embarassed to ask it to us. This was a Bradford hospital and it was fairly recent.
    Well we were not asked, neither was my brother and his wife 6 months ago. I've just asked my colleagues at work, they were also not asked (one pakistani origin - one white, both have wives expecting who are due in 2/3 months time). We all were asked the same routines questions. All of us from Bradford."
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Bradford baby mortality rate falls for fourth year - but only slightly

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Ilkley/Otley Reporter

The district’s infant mortality rate is slowly declining, but remains significantly higher than average and the gap between the most deprived areas of Bradford and the rest of the district remains, a report has revealed.

Latest figures for 2010/11 reveal the infant mortality rate – death at an age under one per 1,000 live births – for Bradford is 7.9, down from 8.1 last year.

It is the fourth consecutive year the rate has shown a decline. However, the infant mortality rate for Yorkshire and Humber is lower at 5.2 and for England it is 4.4.

The figures are presented in a six-monthly progress report on infant mortality by the director of public health Anita Parkin and the strategic director of children’s services, Kath Tunstall, which goes before Bradford Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday.

The report follows concerns expressed last year by the health and children’s services overview and scrutiny committee about the level of progress being made in reducing infant mortality in Bradford.

It highlights work programmes and reiterates infant mortality remains a priority for the NHS and the district as a whole.

A spokesman for NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds and Bradford Council said: “The Every Baby Matters (EBM) programme aims to improve maternal and infant health and reduce infant mortality across the Bradford district.

“This builds on the ten recommendations of the Bradford District Infant Mortality Commission (IMC) and sets the agenda for continuing to make progress in this crucial area.

“The focus is now on making changes in five key areas. These are: child poverty – including unemployment, education and housing; nutrition and breastfeeding; early access to pre-conception, maternity and infant care and prevention, and early intervention for at risk families; smoking, alcohol and substance misuse and genetic inheritance awareness.”

There are many projects under way designed to reduce infant mortality.

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