"When I gave birth to my son the support I had from Birth Companions was amazing.
They really were my voice when I was in the hospital when it came to the officers and nurses"
In HMP Bronzefield and HMP Peterborough our volunteers can support women when they go to hospital to give birth. Birth companions give emotional and practical support, and advocate for a woman with hospital and prison staff.
Supporting women through separation
Support for women who have separated from a baby is an important part of our work in all four prisons but especially in HMP Low Newton and HMP Foston Hall. These prisons do not have Mother and Baby Units and all the women who are in the prison after giving birth will be separated from their babies. As well as offering emotional support through this incredibly difficult time, we can also help women who wish to express their breastmilk for their baby.