Improving the lives of mothers and babies facing multiple disadvantages
Birth Companions was founded in 1996 to support pregnant women and new mothers in Holloway Prison. Since then we’ve developed an expertise in the needs of perinatal women in the most difficult and disadvantaged circumstances and have become the UK’s leading organisation in this field.
The women we work with face a range of difficulties which can often make the birth of their baby a time of anxiety, stress and hardship. These can include being in prison, immigration issues, homelessness, financial difficulties, mental ill-health, involvement with social services and a history of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
We support mothers who experience several of these issues at the same time, making them particularly vulnerable at this important point in their lives. The right support can make a huge difference to the outcomes of mothers and their babies.
In 2011 we were awarded the Una Padel Award, run by the the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, for our work in Holloway Prison with pregnant women and new mothers.
In 2018 we were named the British Journal of Midwifery’s Charity of the year in recognition of our invaluable contribution to the lives of parents and babies.
We were announced runner-up in the Outstanding National Charity Award category of the Criminal Justice Alliance Awards 2020.
“Pregnant women, new mothers and their babies are one of the most important groups in prison. The efforts of Birth Companions has ensured improved standards, increased investment and humanitarian intervention during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is a small charity with a big impact”.