Women and babies in prison are entitled to receive the same care and support during pregnancy and birth as women in the community. Birth Companions is here to make sure that happens.

“I noticed the healthcare staff always spoke to the officers first even though I’d be sitting there. It’s like they discarded me as a human being." 

Working with women in prison since 1996        

We began as a small group of volunteers offering support to women in London's Holloway Prison so that they would not be giving birth alone. We now offer a range of support to women in three prisons in England as well as training women in custody to offer peer support.  

We work with prisons to raise issues and find solutions to challenges such as women getting access to appropriate healthcare and having the items they need like maternity clothes, breast pads and nursing bras. 

We also work to influence policy so that all pregnant women and mothers of infants get the right support in prison. In 2016 we published our Birth Charter for women in prison in England and Wales which includes comprehensive recommendations to improve their care.

For more information on pregnancy, birth and early motherhood in prison download our Inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison.

Where we work

We offer emotional and practical support to pregnant women, new mothers, and those who are separated from their babies in two prisons: 

  • HMP Bronzefield 
  • HMP Foston Hall

If you know someone in prison who is pregnant or has recently had a baby, or if you or someone you know is awaiting sentencing, please see our advice and information page, download our Inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison, or contact us.

For more information about our services in HMP Foston Hall, please contact Jessica:

Email: Jessica
Tel: 07939 624 798

For more information about our services in HMP Bronzefield, please contact Eppie:

Email: Eppie
07538 114 712

Birth Companions is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1120934 at Office 118, 372 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT, England. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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