A library of reports and publications related to our work

We want to help bridge the gap between evidence and practice. 

The needs and experiences of women facing multiple disadvantage during pregnancy and early motherhood have long been under-explored, but there is a growing and powerful bank of evidence on these issues. 

In this section we’ve compiled a range of resources that provide insight and highlight best practice. By using the categories in the menu on the left you can search for research and reports from ourselves and many other on a range of topics. 

By using the categories in the menu you can search for research and reports from ourselves and many other on a range of topics. 

Do contact us if there are other things you think should be included here. 

You can also find useful resources for pregnant women and new mothers experiencing disadvantage here:

Advice and information


Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

18 November 2019

The next government must act urgently to protect the safety and wellbeing of pregnant women and mothers in prison. They should:

The Royal College of Midwives’ Position Statement: Perinatal women in the criminal justice system

13 November 2019

Royal College of Midwives position on care and support for pregnant women and new mothers in the criminal justice system

The right to family life: children whose mothers are in prison

9 September 2019

Report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee in Human Rights. 

Holding it all together – human rights and disadvantage

18 June 2019

Holding it all together: Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. 

Jumping Through Hoops

23 May 2019
How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

18 January 2019
A joint research report by Birth Companions and Revolving Doors Agency.

Maternal Request Caesarean

1 September 2018

Report by Birthrights on their research into Maternal Request Caesarean in Hospital Trusts around the country to find out how far policies and practice varied across the country. 

Prevention in Mind. All Babies Count, Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health

4 June 2018

This report focuses on babies affected by Perinatal Mental Health 

What works to enhance the effectiveness of the healthy child programme

4 June 2018

The Healthy Child Programme 0–5 was first introduced in 2009. This report refreshes the 2009 evidence by consolidating key messages from two recently completed evidence reviews. 

Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study

29 May 2018

A study exploring the maternity care experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages based on semi-structured interviews with 40 mothers with multiple disadvantages, using thematic analysis. Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw. 

Gender specific standards to improve health and well-being for women in prison in England

1 March 2018

Document containing six key principles and 122 standards split into 10 sections addressing the health and well-being needs of women in prison. 

Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers

30 January 2018

Study exploring the lived experience of children whose mothers were in prison at the time of interview. 

A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside Midwives at births in England

1 January 2018

Study to explore trained volunteer doulas’ and mothers’ experiences of doula support at birth and their perceptions of how this related to the midwife's role. 

Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings Final Summary Report

3 October 2017

This is a summary report presents, providing new evidence with the aim of helping agencies to understand the reasons why women return to court, and what more can be done to break this negative cycle. 

Mapping the Maze: Services for women experiencing multiple disadvantage in England and Wales

1 September 2017

Report mapping specialist support services available for women affected by substance use, mental ill-health, homelessness and offending and identifying gaps in provision. Agenda. 

Short but not sweet

4 July 2017

A study of the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers & their children

I didn't think we'd be dealing with stuff like this

5 June 2017

A qualitative study of volunteer support for very disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. 

Mothers’ accounts of the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support

5 June 2017

A qualitative study looking at the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support in pregnancy and early parenthood.

Birth Charter for Women in Prison in England and Wales

26 May 2017
The Birth Charter is a set of recommendations for the care of pregnant women and new mothers in prison.

Building capacity and wellbeing in vulnerable/marginalised mothers: A qualitative study

25 May 2017

Study to explore vulnerable/marginalised women’s views and experiences of receiving targeted support
from a specialist midwifery service and/or a charity.

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