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

24 November 2020

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:

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

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

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

28 October 2020

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.

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

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

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

23 July 2020

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. 

Our response to news of a stillbirth in HMP Styal

20 June 2020

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. 

Our latest statement on pregnant women and new mothers in prison

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

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

12 May 2020

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.

COVID-19: a new partnership with NHS England

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

Government announces release of pregnant women from prison

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

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

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

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care

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

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

22 November 2019

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. 

Enough is enough... Birth Companions' 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: 

Death of baby at HMP Bronzefield

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

Irreparable harm caused to children whose mothers are in prisons

9 September 2019

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

Birth Companions and Birthrights joint report published

18 June 2019

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.  

Head of Services honoured

11 June 2019
Denise Marshall awarded an MBE

New peer-led research published by Birth Companions and Revolving Doors

28 January 2019
Our peer-led research with Revolving Doors Agency maps the Better Births vision against the reality for women facing disadvantage
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