Having a birth companion made a difference to how I felt approaching labour because I knew someone was going to be there for me.

Finding Information and Advice in the Community

If you are pregnant and are struggling to cope, Birth Companions may be able to offer you support with the pregnancy, birth and after you have the baby. If you would like to talk to us about this, please contact Helen: Helen@birthcompanions.org.uk or 07896 112460

Below are some other organisations that also may be able to help you, depending on your situation. 

Information and advice for asylum seekers and refugees

Helen Bamber
The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity based in London which was founded by Helen Bamber in 2005. Their specialist team of therapists, doctors and legal experts hold an international reputation for providing therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations. You can self refer.

Freedom from Torture
Freedom from Torture provides support to adults, young people and children who have survived torture and organised violence. Freedom from Torture accepts referrals from survivors themselves, friends and family, GPs, solicitors, refugee community organisations or any other voluntary or statutory sector body. All services are free to the client.

Refugee Council
Information and advice for asylum seekers and refugees.


Housing advice, the chance to learn new skills, education and employment opportunities, and support for women who have suffered or are at risk of any form of violence, including domestic violence, trafficking, sexual abuse and prostitution.

Haringey Womens Forum
A charity and housing association providing accommodation and support for women in London.

Housing and homelessness charity.

Other Places to seek support

Poppy Project
The Poppy Project was set up in 2003 to provide high-quality support, advocacy and accommodation to trafficked women; that is, women who have been brought into England or Wales to be exploited in some way. This could include but is not limited to sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced illicit activities and organ harvesting. The Poppy Project can accept women who are over 16 years of age and were trafficked into the UK.

Women at the Well
A women-only drop-in centre in Kings Cross dedicated to supporting women with a complex range of needs relating to street based prostitution, offending & anti-social behaviour, problematic drug and alcohol abuse, rough sleeping, trafficking.

Support and friendship for families with a child under five
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. Home-Start accepts referrals from Health visitors, GPs, Professionals in social care and child care, Professionals in mental health, education, early years and probation, Families themselves (25% of Home-Start families self refer)

Children's Centres
Children's Centres in your area providing activities for young children as well as access to a range of early childhood services.

Postively women
If you were diagnosed while pregnant, are having your first child since your diagnosis, or are living with HIV and planning to get pregnant, Positively Women  can provide emotional and practical support including information about reducing the risk of onward transmission and treatment options.