The papers of the Maternity Alliance Minority Ethnic Community Working Group run from Dec 1982 to Feb 2000. Initially called the 'Ethnic Minority Working Group', the committee's name changed several times over the ensuing years, to the 'Black and Ethnic Minorities Working Group, the 'Black and Ethnic Community Working Group' and the 'Minority Ethnic Community Working Group'. The group had its first meeting on 10 Dec 1982, its terms of reference being 'to prioritise the needs of ethnic minority communities who use obstetric, neonatal and child health services'. Meetings were to be held quarterly; between 1987 and 1990 one meeting a year was held outside London. Priorities identified at the first meeting include the Maternity Services Liaison Scheme, the use of interpreters, questions of nutrition and diet among Asian and Afro-Caribbean mothers, and antenatal care for travellers. Information gathering, and matters of funding and personnel for the group occupied early meetings. The papers for the meeting of 22 Oct 1986 include a copy of a letter written in Dec 1982 which explained why the group was being set up, while the papers for 1993 include a detailed report of the work of the MECWG between 1982 and 1993.
Minutes show a non-static agenda. Key items: those present and in attendance; apologies for absence; minutes of the previous EMWG meeting; policy issues; report back from the MA Management Committee. Copies of minutes from other MA committees included with meeting papers have been removed