Category: Maternity care

Healthcare experiences of women and professionals when facing perinatal child protection

A systematic review and Critical Interpretative Synthesis
3 Jul 2024

Perinatal healthcare for women at risk of children’s social care involvement

A qualitative survey of professionals in England
5 Mar 2024

A Perfect Storm

Pregnancy, new motherhood and the cost of living crisis
14 Nov 2023

Supporting Effective Interpretation Within Maternity

Resource pack for commissioners and maternity service providers
1 Nov 2023

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care 2023

Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2019-21
12 Oct 2023

Exploring… Pregnancy and birth in the justice system

JUSTICE podcast episodes, Part 1 and Part 2
30 May 2023

Indefinite detention: the implications of the Illegal Migration Bill for pregnant women

Birth Companions & Women for Refugee Women in the BMJ
18 May 2023

Black maternal health

Women and Equalities Committee report
18 Apr 2023

At the Edge of Care: Project report

Support and interventions for parents with mental health needs and children identified as at risk of abuse: A systematic review and thematic synthesis
31 Mar 2023

What Are the Sociodemographic and Clinical Characteristics and Needs of Mothers Who Access Acute...

...Postpartum Psychiatric Care and Have Children’s Social Care Involvement?
11 Feb 2023

Perinatal Mental Health and Domestic Abuse

Briefing paper
29 Jan 2023

State of Health Visiting

A vital safety net under pressure
18 Jan 2023

Why the cost of living crisis is a reproductive justice matter

Birth Companions in the BMJ
17 Jan 2023

Tommy's Miscarriage Support Tool

A new digital tool giving women and birthing people who have experienced one or more miscarriages personalised miscarriage information and support
14 Nov 2022

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care 2022

Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2018-20
10 Nov 2022

MBRRACE-UK: Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report

UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2020
14 Oct 2022

Inequality on the inside

Using hospital data to understand the key health care issues for women in prison
19 Jul 2022

In Conversation with... Birth Companions

One Small Thing JUSTICE podcast
4 Jul 2022

Systemic racism, not broken bodies

An inquiry into racial injustice and human rights in UK maternity care
23 May 2022

The Black Maternity Experiences Report

A nationwide study of Black women’s experiences of maternity services in the United Kingdom
23 May 2022

Why Health Visitors Matter

Perspectives on a widely valued service
10 May 2022

Removal at birth and its challenges for midwifery care

Policy case study in the European Journal of Midwifery
15 Apr 2022

Draft best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

Part of the 'Born into Care' series
24 Feb 2022

Maternity Stream of Sanctuary Resource Pack

Promoting a culture of welcome within maternity services for people seeking sanctuary in the UK
27 Jan 2022

Why are pregnant women in prison?

Exploring the reasons that pregnant women spend time in English prisons.
17 Jan 2022

Compulsory separation of women prisoners from their babies following childbirth

Uncertainty, loss and disenfranchised grief
29 Dec 2021

Incarcerated Motherhood

Reflecting on 100 years of imprisoning mothers
15 Nov 2021

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care 2021

Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2017-19
11 Nov 2021

Maternity care for women in prison in England and Wales

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' position statement
22 Sep 2021

Pregnancy, MBUs and maternal separation in women’s prisons Policy Framework

Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service policy framework
20 Sep 2021

Breach of Trust

A review of implementation of the NHS charging programme in maternity services in England
16 Sep 2021

Working together to improve care for women facing disadvantage and inequality

North Central London Local Maternity System and Birth Companions
6 Sep 2021

Women’s Health Strategy

Birth Companions' written submission to the DHSC
9 Jun 2021

A Window of Opportunity

Understanding the needs and experiences of pregnant women and new mothers in contact with the criminal justice system in the community in England.
24 May 2021

Evaluation of Birth Companions perinatal support during the COVID-19 pandemic

An exploratory ​study​ of our support for women during and after release from prisons in England during the COVID-19 pandemic
10 May 2021

Trauma-informed care in the perinatal period

A good practice guide to support implementation of trauma-informed care in the perinatal period
22 Feb 2021

MBRRACE-UK: Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care 2020

Lessons to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries in Maternal Death and Morbidity 2016-18
14 Jan 2021

Perinatal Support for Asylum Seekers

Delivering perinatal education and support for highly vulnerable mothers in the UK asylum system
1 Jan 2021

“It's a life you're playing with”

A qualitative study on experiences of NHS maternity services among undocumented migrant women in England
14 Dec 2020

Supporting midwives to address the needs of women experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage

Position statement from the Royal College of Midwives
23 Nov 2020

Why mothers at risk of separation or separated from their babies need access to specialist care

Blog post by Kirsty Kitchen, Head of Policy and Communications, Birth Companions
22 Sep 2020

Alone and Waiting

The experiences of pregnant women in prison during the Covid crisis
25 Aug 2020

From Now On...

Priorities for pregnant women and new mothers facing multiple disadvantage
23 Jul 2020

The Birth Charter for Women in Prisons in Australia

We are delighted that our Birth Charter for women in prison in England and Wales has led to the creation of an equivalent in Australia.
5 May 2020

Birth Companions' submission to the Women and Equalities Committee

Read our submission to the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 and associated measures.
1 May 2020

Pregnancy and childbirth in English prisons

Institutional ignominy and the pains of imprisonment
10 Jan 2020

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

The MBRRACE-UK 2019 report
13 Dec 2019

The Birth Charter Toolkit

A practical guide to implementing the Birth Charter’s recommendations
12 Dec 2019

Better for women

Improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women
5 Dec 2019

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

What does good look like?
3 Dec 2019

Perinatal Women in the Criminal Justice System

The Royal College of Midwives’ position statement & priorities for the next government
13 Nov 2019

A Vicious Circle

The relationship between NHS Charges for Maternity Care, Destitution, and Violence Against Destitution, and Violence Against Women and Girls
1 Nov 2019

Duty of Care?

The impact on midwives of NHS charging for maternity care
1 Sep 2019

Holding it all together

Understanding how far the human rights of women facing disadvantage are respected during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.
18 Jun 2019

Jumping Through Hoops

How are coordinated responses to multiple disadvantage meeting the needs of women?
23 May 2019

Maternity care reform in English prisons

A century of unanswered concerns
8 Mar 2019

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

A joint research report by Birth Companions and Revolving Doors Agency.
18 Jan 2019

“Being the best person that they can be and the best mum”

A qualitative study of community volunteer doula support for disadvantaged mothers before and after birth in England
10 Jan 2019

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

The MBRRACE-UK 2018 Lay Summary
1 Nov 2018

Maternal Request Caesarean

Birthrights research findings
1 Sep 2018

What Price Safe Motherhood?

Charging for NHS Maternity Care in England and its Impact on Migrant Women
1 Sep 2018

We Are Still Here

The continued detention of women seeking asylum in Yarl’s Wood
1 Oct 2017

Short but not sweet

A study of the impact of short custodial sentences on mothers & their children
4 Jul 2017

"I didn't think we'd be dealing with stuff like this"

A qualitative study of volunteer support for very disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers
5 Jun 2017

Women’s experiences of breastfeeding in prison

A qualitative study examining the experiences of 28 pregnant women and new mothers in prison in England
1 Jun 2017

Caring to make a difference with vulnerable women

The impact of targeted support on birth-related outcomes and experiences
4 May 2017

Motherhood disrupted

Reflections of post-prison mothers
2 Mar 2017

Birth Charter for Women in Prison

The Birth Charter is a set of recommendations for the care of pregnant women and new mothers in prison.
26 May 2016

Experiences and Birth Outcomes of Vulnerable Women

Evaluation of Birth Companions' work at the Whittington Hospital
1 Mar 2016

Pregnant Women Behind Bars

A briefing on the detention of pregnant women in the UK
1 Mar 2016

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood

A qualitative study of models and perceptions
12 Oct 2015

Birth Companions Peterborough Doula Pilot Project

External Evaluation Report
15 Jun 2015

Lost Spaces

Is the current procedure for women prisoners to gain a place in a prison MBU fair and accessible?
5 May 2015

An Unfair Sentence

All babies count: spotlight on the Criminal Justice System
5 Nov 2014

Experiences, utilisation and outcomes of maternity care in England

Findings from the 2010 National Maternity Survey
5 Jun 2014

Doulas and Healthcare providers

Working together for better maternal and infant outcomes
6 Jun 2013

Prevention in Mind

All Babies Count: Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health
4 Jun 2013

When Maternity Doesn't Matter

Dispersing pregnant women seeking asylum
14 Jan 2013

Prison Mother and Baby Units

Do they meet the best interests of the child?
20 Jan 2008

Perinatal Healthcare in Prison

A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision
6 Jul 2006

Getting it Right

Services for pregnant women, new mothers and babies in prison
6 Jun 2006
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