Shaping policy and practice across the maternity, criminal justice, social services and immigration systems.
Our unique insight into the experiences and needs of women during pregnancy and early motherhood comes from delivering services in prisons and learning from women’s lived experience. We also commission academic and peer-led research to deepen understanding of women’s challenges and how these impact on their health and well-being, and on their babies’ outcomes.
This work helps us focus on 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 are proud of the impact Birth Companions has had in the criminal justice system. Since we started in HMP Holloway in 1996 our work has led to significant improvements in the care of pregnant women and mothers of infants, including those separated from their babies. Now we are building on these successes and bringing a similar focus to the needs and experiences of women affected by the social services and immigration systems.
We can’t do this work alone, and we are thankful to all our partners, friends and supporters.
If you would like to partner with us please contact our policy and research team.