22 October 2021

Invitation to Tender: Review of neonatal testing and practice in Black and Asian newborns

Through stakeholder and community engagement, the Observatory has identified concerns that Black and Asian babies in the UK may be adversely impacted by routine perinatal practices and procedures that have been developed for newborns.

In some cases, such as the commonly used Apgar test, practices and procedures were developed many decades ago, and therefore have been primarily developed based on the presentation of symptoms on White skin. As such, they may operate poorly for babies with darker skin tones.

The Observatory is therefore looking to commission an organisation to carry out a review of perinatal procedures on Black and minority ethnic babies, and to identify whether ethnic health inequalities are in evidence, looking not just at the Apgar score, but broader practices around neonatal testing and care.

More information can be found in the Invitation to Tender PDF document here.