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 disadvantage and inequality 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 valuable 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 others 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

Maternity care for women in prison in England and Wales

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' position statement
22 Sep 2021

Pregnancy, MBUs and maternal separation in women’s prisons Policy Framework

Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service policy framework
20 Sep 2021

This is what change looks like

25 years of Birth Companions' influence in the criminal justice system
20 Sep 2021

Breach of Trust

A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England
16 Sep 2021

Working together to improve care for women facing disadvantage and inequality

North Central London Local Maternity System and Birth Companions
6 Sep 2021

Birth Companions’ response to the Case for Change

Responding to the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
21 Jul 2021

The Case for Change

The Independent Review of Children's Social Care
17 Jun 2021

Women’s Health Strategy

Birth Companions' written submission to the DHSC
9 Jun 2021

Newborn babies in urgent care proceedings in England and Wales

Part of the 'Born into Care' series
4 Jun 2021

A Window of Opportunity

Understanding the needs and experiences of pregnant women and new mothers in contact with the criminal justice system in the community in England.
24 May 2021

Recurrent care proceedings

Five key areas for reflection from the research
20 May 2021

Evaluation of Birth Companions perinatal support during the COVID-19 pandemic

An exploratory ​study​ of our support for women during and after release from prisons in England during the COVID-19 pandemic
10 May 2021

Falling Through The Gaps

Young women transitioning to the adult justice system
28 Apr 2021

Cultural Mediation

An inclusive solution to help reduce the cultural and language barriers experienced by survivors of trafficking
10 Mar 2021

Trauma-informed care in the perinatal period

A good practice guide to support implementation of trauma-informed care in the perinatal period
22 Feb 2021

The Knot

An essay collection on the interconnectedness of poverty, trauma, and multiple disadvantage
17 Feb 2021

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care 2020

Lessons to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries in Maternal Death and Morbidity 2016-18
14 Jan 2021
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