Birth Companions and Clean Break to host International Women's Day event on 11 March

Join Birth Companions and Clean Break online for a special International Women’s Day event, Disrupted Lives: #ChooseToChallenge Maternal Imprisonment.

17 Feb 2021

Birth Companions’ response to the MBRRACE 2020 report on maternal deaths

The latest MBRRACE reports on maternal mortality rates and rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths during 2016-18 show significant and growing inequalities in outcomes stemming from deprivation and disadvantage: 

14 Jan 2021

Renewed calls to release pregnant women and mothers of under twos from prison

As restrictions are tightened again in English prisons, including the suspension of social visits, Birth Companions and 22 other charities and academics have publicly written to the Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland calling on the government to:

24 Nov 2020

Birth Companions is pleased to share our latest resource for women in prison.

Your inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison
6 Nov 2020

Pregnancy and early motherhood in the criminal justice system - share your views

If so, Clinks and Birth Companions would love to hear from you as part of our latest research project A window of opportunity: understanding the experiences and needs of pregnant women and new mothers in contact with the criminal justice system (CJS) in the community.

28 Oct 2020

Why mothers at risk of separation or separated from their babies need access to specialist care

A new blog post by Kirsty Kitchen, Head of Policy and Communications, Birth Companions
22 Sep 2020

From Now On... Birth Companions' new statement on priorities for pregnant women and new mothers

While we all continue to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic it is now time to look beyond a crisis response to the work that should be done as services evolve again. That's why we've developed a new position statement setting out our priorities for pregnant women and new mothers facing multiple disadvantage in the coming months. 

23 Jul 2020

Our response to news of a stillbirth in HMP Styal

We are devastated to hear the reports of another baby dying in prison, just nine months after the tragedy in HMP Bronzefield. Our thoughts are with the mother and the wider family. 

20 Jun 2020

Our latest statement on pregnant women and new mothers in prison

This statement was updated on 5 June to include reference to the findings of the HMIP Short Scrutiny Visits to three women's prisons.
4 Jun 2020

New resource for midwives supporting women facing multiple disadvantage during COVID-19

Birth Companions has developed new guidance for midwives working with women experiencing multiple disadvantage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Created in collaboration with Consultant Midwife Tamsin Bicknell, this resource draws on recent research to offer insights into women’s needs, and key considerations for their maternity care in these challenging times.

12 May 2020

COVID-19: a new partnership with NHS England

Birth Companions commissioned to deliver specialist support to pregnant women and new mothers in the criminal justice system
20 Apr 2020

Government announces release of pregnant women from prison

Welcome news, but the work is far from over
31 Mar 2020

Pregnant women and those on Mother and Baby Units must be released from prison

Government must make coordinated plans for supported release asap
25 Mar 2020

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care

Our response to the new MBRRACE-UK report
13 Dec 2019

Guardian report - year on year rise in the number of women giving birth in custody

We are deeply concerned, though not surprised, by the data reported by the Guardian today (22/11/19), showing a year on year increase in the number of women giving birth while in custody, and that about one in ten of those births take place in cells or during transfer from the prison. 

22 Nov 2019

Enough is enough... Birth Companions' priorities for the next government

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

18 Nov 2019

Death of baby at HMP Bronzefield

Birth Companions' response to minister Lucy Frazer's commons statement.
8 Oct 2019

Irreparable harm caused to children whose mothers are in prisons

Birth Companions’ response to the Human Rights Committee report: The right to family life for children whose mothers are in prison, published today. 

9 Sep 2019

Birth Companions and Birthrights joint report published

Birth Companions and Birthrights have published a joint report - Holding it all together: Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

The report marks a key milestone in a two-year joint research project funded by Trust for London, to help establish greater understanding of the needs and experiences of women facing severe and multiple disadvantage, and the professionals caring for them.

The collaboration, which combines the rights expertise of Birthrights with Birth Companions’ specialism in multiple disadvantage, sheds vital light on the ways in which maternity and other services such as housing respond to women at this crucial stage in their lives. 

Both organisations are now working with a range of key stakeholders to co-produce recommendations in response to the report. We look forward to sharing those in the coming months.  

18 Jun 2019

Head of Services honoured

Denise Marshall awarded an MBE
11 Jun 2019
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