Jumping Through Hoops

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

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

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

Maternal Request Caesarean

1 September 2018

Report by Birthrights on their research into Maternal Request Caesarean in Hospital Trusts around the country to find out how far policies and practice varied across the country. 

Prevention in Mind. All Babies Count, Spotlight on Perinatal Mental Health

4 June 2018

This report focuses on babies affected by Perinatal Mental Health 

What works to enhance the effectiveness of the healthy child programme

4 June 2018

The Healthy Child Programme 0–5 was first introduced in 2009. This report refreshes the 2009 evidence by consolidating key messages from two recently completed evidence reviews. 

Maternity experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages in England: A qualitative study

29 May 2018

A study exploring the maternity care experiences of mothers with multiple disadvantages based on semi-structured interviews with 40 mothers with multiple disadvantages, using thematic analysis. Jenny McLeish & Maggie Redshaw. 

Gender specific standards to improve health and well-being for women in prison in England

1 March 2018

Document containing six key principles and 122 standards split into 10 sections addressing the health and well-being needs of women in prison. 

A qualitative study of volunteer doulas working alongside Midwives at births in England

1 January 2018

Study to explore trained volunteer doulas’ and mothers’ experiences of doula support at birth and their perceptions of how this related to the midwife's role. 

Short but not sweet

4 July 2017

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

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

5 June 2017

A qualitative study of volunteer support for very disadvantaged pregnant women and new mothers. 

Mothers’ accounts of the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support

5 June 2017

A qualitative study looking at the impact on emotional well-being of organised peer support in pregnancy and early parenthood.

Birth Charter for Women in Prison in England and Wales

26 May 2017
The Birth Charter is a set of recommendations for the care of pregnant women and new mothers in prison.

Caring to make a difference with vulnerable women

4 May 2017

Study looking the impact of targeted support on birth-related outcomes and experiences.

Motherhood disrupted

5 January 2017

Article  considering how maternal emotions and the maternal role are assembled and challenged through carceral space. 

Experiences and Birth Outcomes of Vulnerable Women

1 March 2016
Research into outcomes and experiences of support between vulnerable women who had and had not received support from Birth Companions.

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood: a qualitative study of models and perceptions

5 June 2015

This study particularly focuses on peer support for women experiencing a range of vulnerabilities during pregnancy and the postnatal period, in projects which assigned trained volunteers to individual pregnant women

Lost Spaces

5 May 2015

Is the current procedure for women prisoners to gain a place in a prison Mother and Baby Unit fair and accessible?

An Unfair Sentence. All babies count: spotlight in the Criminal Justice System.

5 November 2014

This report focuses on babies affected by the criminal justice system.

Experiences, utilisation and outcomes of maternity care in England among women

5 June 2014

Study exploring experiences of maternity care among women from different socio-economic groups in order to improve understanding of why socially disadvantaged women have poorer maternal health outcomes in the UK. 

Doulas and Healthcare providers: Working together for better maternal and infant outcomes

6 June 2013

Fact sheet focusing on the impact of continuous support on birth outcomes.

When Maternity Doesn't Matter

14 March 2013

Report investigating the health impact of dispersal and relocation on pregnant women seeking asylum and new mothers.

Prison Mother and Baby Units - do they meet the best interests of the child?

20 January 2008

This is a discussion paper looking at existing policy on pregnant women and very young babies who are in prison and addresses whether more could be done to improve the life chances of this vulnerable group of babies.

Perinatal Healthcare in Prison: A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision

6 July 2006

This report reviews policy and provision for antenatal and postnatal care in prisons. 

Getting it Right: Services for Pregnant Women, New mothers and Babies in Prison

6 June 2006

This report addresses the needs of pregnant women, mothers, and babies in prison.

Enhancing Care for Childbearing Women and Babies in Prison

5 November 2005

Report examining Mother and Baby Units (MBUs) in women's prisons, and the services they provide to childbearing women in prison and their babies. It also looks at the broader issues faced by women prisoners. 

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