About Birth Companions
Birth Companions is a unique charity which supports women experiencing severe disadvantage during pregnancy, birth and early parenting to overcome the inequalities they face and fulfil their potential. We are the UK’s leading organisation working in this area, with widely acknowledged expertise in the needs of perinatal women facing severe disadvantage both in prison and the community.
The women we support often face a range of issues and challenges including mental health problems, substance misuse, a history of domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, experience of detention and human rights violations overseas. They are particularly vulnerable during their pregnancies due to the effects of poor health, poverty, lack of support from family and friends as well as isolation. We seek to reduce their feelings of alienation and estrangement at a time that should be a milestone in their lives.
Our overall aim is to improve the experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood for women and ensure the best possible start in life for their new-born babies. We also seek to raise awareness of the needs of the women we work with and to influence changes in policy and law in order to improve conditions of the women we work with.