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


Better for women

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

A sense of safety

4 December 2019
Trauma-informed approaches for women

Engaging with complexity

4 December 2019
Providing effective trauma-informed care for women

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

3 December 2019
What does good look like?

Enough is enough: Our priorities for the next government

18 November 2019
Birth Companions' priorities for the next government

A Vicious Circle

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

The right to family life

9 September 2019
Children whose mothers are in prison

Holding it all together

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

Jumping Through Hoops

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

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
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