On 8th March 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care opened a call for evidence to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

Birth Companions responded to this call with a written submission focusing on the health inequalities experienced by women facing disadvantage and deprivation during pregnancy and early motherhood.  

Our submission focuses on a number of key points:

  • The impact of the wider determinants of health on the lives of girls and women across their life course;
  • The impact of key systems on women’s health and wellbeing, and that of their children; in particular the maternity system, the criminal justice system, the social services system, and the immigration system;
  • The barriers to women’s engagement with health and care services, including the impact of bias, judgment, stigma, and fear associated with social services involvement;
  • The central importance of a trauma-informed approach;
  • The importance of engagement with women with lived experience;
  • The risks and opportunities associated with the critical first 1001 days (from conception to a child’s second birthday).
Women’s Health Strategy Submission
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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