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 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


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

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

Child protection conference practice during COVID-19

14 December 2020
Reflections and experiences (rapid consultation September–October 2020)

Supporting midwives to address the needs of women experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage

23 November 2020
Position Statement from the Royal College of Midwives

Your inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison

6 November 2020

This Birth Companions publication, which has been developed in partnership with women who have lived experience, offers an accessible and comprehensive guide to pregnancy and early motherhood in the prison system, including information on: 

Remote hearings in the family justice system: reflections and experiences

5 October 2020
Follow-up consultation (September 2020)

Trauma-informed work with people in contact with the criminal justice system

15 September 2020

This article examines trauma-informed working within a criminal justice context. It forms part of a series from Clinks, created to develop a far-reaching and accessible evidence base covering the most common types of activity undertaken within the criminal justice system.

Contact between children in care or adopted and their families

5 September 2020
Six key messages from research

Alone and Waiting

25 August 2020
The experiences of pregnant women in prison during the Covid crisis

From Now On...

23 July 2020
Priorities for pregnant women and new mothers facing multiple disadvantage

Managing through COVID-19

5 July 2020
The experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities

Human Rights and the Government’s response to COVID-19

3 July 2020
Children whose mothers are in prison

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
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