Maternity Action -
This study explores the experiences of women who faced charges for NHS maternity care. Most of the participants were socially and economically vulnerable but faced debts for bills which they were sent from the NHS. It shows how NHS charging gives rise to stress and anxiety among migrant women who are pregnant and new mothers. Some women were deterred from attending maternity care and so did not receive needed clinical care and social support with possible long-term consequences for their own and their children’s health.