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Women living in the most deprived areas are less likely to have antenatal care and less likely to have a routine postnatal check, compared with women in more affluent areas.

Pregnant woman having an ultrasound.

NPEU researchers Anthea Lindquist, Marian Knight and others carried out a study of over 5000 women taking part in the 2010 National Maternity Survey.

Visit the NPEU website for more information.