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 other on a range of topics. 

By using the categories in the menu you can search for research and reports from ourselves and many other 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


Whole prison, whole person

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

Maternity care reform in English prisons

8 March 2019
A century of unanswered concerns

Breaking Down the Barriers

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

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

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

“Being the best person that they can be and the best mum”

10 January 2019
A qualitative study of community volunteer doula support for disadvantaged mothers before and after birth in England

The NHS Long Term Plan

7 January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan includes a number of important plans for changes to maternity care in England, including implementing an enhanced and targeted continuity of carer model to help improve outcomes for the most vulnerable mothers and babies, and halving maternity-related deaths by 2025.

Alternative approaches to prison for mothers of young children

1 January 2019

This study explores a range of alternative approaches to imprisonment for mothers of young children being taken in Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and the US.

Hand in Hand

31 December 2018
Survivors of Multiple Disadvantage Discuss Service & Support

The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce

19 December 2018
Final report

Guidance on Working with Women in Custody and the Community

1 December 2018
Guidance for practitioners who work with women in custody and the community

Promising practice from the frontline

1 December 2018
Exploring gendered approaches to supporting women experiencing homelessness and multiple disadvantage

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

1 November 2018
The MBRRACE-UK 2018 Lay Summary

Maternal Request Caesarean

1 September 2018

Report by Birthrights on their research into Maternal Request Caesarean in Hospital Trusts around the country to find out how far policies and practice varied across the country. 

Prevention in Mind. All Babies Count, Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health

4 June 2018

This report focuses on babies affected by Perinatal Mental Health 

What works to enhance the effectiveness of the healthy child programme

4 June 2018

The Healthy Child Programme 0–5 was first introduced in 2009. This report refreshes the 2009 evidence by consolidating key messages from two recently completed evidence reviews. 

Female Offender Strategy

1 June 2018
This strategy sets out the Government’s commitment to a new programme of work for female offenders.

Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study

29 May 2018

A study exploring the maternity care experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages based on semi-structured interviews with 40 mothers with multiple disadvantages, using thematic analysis. Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw. 

Gender specific standards to improve health and well-being for women in prison in England

1 March 2018

Document containing six key principles and 122 standards split into 10 sections addressing the health and well-being needs of women in prison. 

Safeguarding children when sentencing mothers

30 January 2018

Study exploring the lived experience of children whose mothers were in prison at the time of interview. 

A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside Midwives at births in England

1 January 2018

Study to explore trained volunteer doulas’ and mothers’ experiences of doula support at birth and their perceptions of how this related to the midwife's role. 

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