Your inside guide to pregnancy, birth and motherhood in prison

6 November 2020

This Birth Companions publication, which has been developed in partnership with women who have lived experience, offers an accessible and comprehensive guide to pregnancy and early motherhood in the prison system, including information on: 

Alone and Waiting

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

From Now On...

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

Birth Companions' submission to the Women and Equalities Committee

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

Guidelines for staff supporting breastfeeding women in prison

23 January 2020

These guidelines were drawn up by our Prison Coordinator and Breastfeeding lead, Abbi Ayers with input from our Prison Services Coordinator Sarah Stephen Smith

Pregnancy and childbirth in English prisons

10 January 2020
Institutional ignominy and the pains of imprisonment

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

13 December 2019
The MBRRACE-UK 2019 report

The Birth Charter Toolkit

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

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

11 December 2019
Born into Care reviews December 2019

Five Principles of Perinatal Peer Support

3 December 2019
What does good look like?

A Vicious Circle

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

Holding it all together

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

Jumping Through Hoops

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

Maternity care reform in English prisons

8 March 2019
A century of unanswered concerns

Making Better Births a reality for women with multiple disadvantages

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

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

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

The NHS Long Term Plan

7 January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan includes a number of important plans for changes to maternity care in England, including implementing an enhanced and targeted continuity of carer model to help improve outcomes for the most vulnerable mothers and babies, and halving maternity-related deaths by 2025.

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers' Care

1 November 2018
The MBRRACE-UK 2018 Lay Summary

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

4 June 2018
All Babies Count: Spotlight on 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. 

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.

Women’s experiences of breastfeeding in prison

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

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

2 March 2017
Reflections of post-prison mothers

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

12 October 2015
A qualitative study of models and perceptions

Evaluation of Birth Companions’ Community Link Service

1 July 2015

Birth Companions commissioned the McPin Foundation, a mental health research charity, to evaluate their Community Link service. 

Peer support during pregnancy and early parenthood

5 June 2015
A qualitative study of models and perceptions

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

5 November 2014
All babies count: spotlight on 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

6 June 2013
Working together for better maternal and infant 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

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

Perinatal Healthcare in Prison

6 July 2006
A Scoping Review of Policy and Provision

Getting it Right

6 June 2006
Services for Pregnant Women, New 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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