Shaping policy and practice across health, social care and the criminal justice system

Our unique insight into the experiences and needs of pregnant women and new mothers comes from delivering services in prisons and the community as well as working alongside women with lived experience. We also commission academic and peer-led research to deepen understanding of the challenges women experience and how these impact on their health and well-being, and on their babies’ outcomes.

This helps us see the problems and identify solutions. We direct the attention of policy-makers, commissioners and service providers to what really matters, what needs to change, and how.  

We have always campaigned to improve the care that pregnant women and new mothers receive in prison, and our work continues to highlight issues of concern such as avoidable births in prison cells, women's rights to essential items, and their nutritional and mental health needs.

We are very proud of the improvements we have driven in the treatment of pregnant women and new mothers in the criminal justice system and across several local maternity systems, but there is still a great deal more to do. We work regularly with partners to conduct joint research and policy-focused campaigns.

If you would like to work with us please contact our policy and research team. 

Read our Birth Charter for Women in Prison in England and Wales

Birth Companions is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1120934 at Dalton House, 60 Windsor Avenue, London SW19 2RR. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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