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


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.

Caring to make a difference with vulnerable women

4 May 2017

Study looking the impact of targeted support on birth-related outcomes and experiences.

Double Disadvantage

4 May 2017

Report released by Agenda and Women in Prison on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women in the criminal justice system. 

Corsten: 10 Years On

5 March 2017

This report aims to give an overview of what progress has been made to date in the implementation of the Corston recommendations.

Motherhood disrupted

5 January 2017

Article  considering how maternal emotions and the maternal role are assembled and challenged through carceral space. 

Joining The Dots

5 October 2016

Report examining the circumstances of women who live in poverty, the nature and extent of violence and abuse experienced by them and the impact this has on mental health and quality of life.

Home Truths: Housing for women in the criminal justice system

5 September 2016

Report on housing issues faced by women involved in the criminal justice system. 

Taking forward women centred solutions

5 June 2016

Publication focusing on ways in which women-centred approaches can be adopted to benefit local authorities, partner agencies and residents.

Experiences and Birth Outcomes of Vulnerable Women

1 March 2016
Research into outcomes and experiences of support between vulnerable women who had and had not received support from Birth Companions.

Hidden Hurt: Violence, abuse and disadvantage in the lives of women

5 January 2016

Analysis of the experiences of women who face violence and abuse commissioned by Agenda, the Alliance for women and girls at risk. 

Enhancing Care for Childbearing women and their babies in Prison

1 November 2015

This report examines focuses on Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) in women's prisons, and the services they provide to childbearing women in prison and their babies.

Literature review: Supporting vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers in the community

1 October 2015

This review of the literature, commissioned by Birth Companions  was carried out in 2014 to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing academic, policy or other expert publications on ‘what works’ when supporting vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers living in the community.

Evaluation of Birth Companions’ Community Link Service

1 July 2015

Birth Companions commissioned the McPin Foundation, a mental health research charity, to evaluate their Community Link service. 

Hard Edges: Mapping Severe and Multiple Disadvantage In England

5 June 2015

Robust research on severe and multiple disadvantage In England

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study of models and perceptions

5 June 2015

This study particularly focuses on peer support for women experiencing a range of vulnerabilities during pregnancy and the postnatal period, in projects which assigned trained volunteers to individual pregnant women

Solutions from the Frontline

5 June 2015

Recommendations for policymakers on supporting people with multiple needs. 

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