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


Guidelines for staff supporting breastfeeding women in prison

These guidelines were drawn up by our Prison Coordinator and Breastfeeding lead, Abbi Ayers with input from our Prison Services Coordinator Sarah Stephen Smith

23 Jan 2020

Pregnancy and childbirth in English prisons

Institutional ignominy and the pains of imprisonment
10 Jan 2020

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

The MBRRACE-UK 2019 report
13 Dec 2019

The Birth Charter Toolkit

A practical guide to implementing the Birth Charter’s recommendations
12 Dec 2019

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

Born into Care reviews December 2019
11 Dec 2019

Better for women

Improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women
5 Dec 2019

A sense of safety

Trauma-informed approaches for women
4 Dec 2019

Engaging with complexity

Providing effective trauma-informed care for women
4 Dec 2019

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

What does good look like?
3 Dec 2019

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

Birth Companions' priorities for the next government
18 Nov 2019

A Vicious Circle

The relationship between NHS Charges for Maternity Care, Destitution, and Violence Against Destitution, and Violence Against Women and Girls
1 Nov 2019

The right to family life

Children whose mothers are in prison
9 Sep 2019

Holding it all together

Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.
18 Jun 2019

Jumping Through Hoops

How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?
23 May 2019

Whole prison, whole person

How a holistic approach can support good mental health in prison
23 Apr 2019

Maternity care reform in English prisons

A century of unanswered concerns
8 Mar 2019

Breaking Down the Barriers

Findings of the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage
27 Feb 2019

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

A joint research report by Birth Companions and Revolving Doors Agency.
18 Jan 2019
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