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


Supporting women facing multiple disadvantage during COVID-19: Guidance for midwives

12 May 2020

This guidance has been developed by Birth Companions and Consultant Midwife Tamsin Bicknell. It draws on recent research to offer insights into women’s needs, and key considerations for their maternity care in these challenging times.

The Birth Charter for Women in Prisons in Australia

5 May 2020
We are delighted that our Birth Charter for women in prison in England and Wales has led to the creation of an equivalent in Australia.

Birth Companions' submission to the Women and Equalities Committee

1 May 2020
Read our submission to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 and associated measures.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

1 February 2020
What we know, what we don’t know, and what should happen next

Guidelines for staff supporting breastfeeding women in prison

23 January 2020

These guidelines were drawn up by our Prison Coordinator and Breastfeeding lead, Abbi Ayers with input from our Prison Services Coordinator Sarah Stephen Smith

Pregnancy and childbirth in English prisons

10 January 2020
Institutional ignominy and the pains of imprisonment

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

13 December 2019
The MBRRACE-UK 2019 report

The Birth Charter Toolkit

12 December 2019
A practical guide to implementing the Birth Charter’s recommendations

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

11 December 2019
Born into Care reviews December 2019

Better for women

5 December 2019
Improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women

A sense of safety

4 December 2019
Trauma-informed approaches for women

Engaging with complexity

4 December 2019
Providing effective trauma-informed care for women

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

3 December 2019
What does good look like?

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

18 November 2019
Birth Companions' priorities for the next government

A Vicious Circle

1 November 2019
The relationship between NHS Charges for Maternity Care, Destitution, and Violence Against Destitution, and Violence Against Women and Girls

The right to family life

9 September 2019
Children whose mothers are in prison

Holding it all together

18 June 2019
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?

Whole prison, whole person

23 April 2019
How a holistic approach can support good mental health in prison
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