This guidance has been developed by Birth Companions and Consultant Midwife Tamsin Bicknell. It draws on recent research to offer insights into women’s needs, and key considerations for their maternity care in these challenging times.
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.
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.
This review of the literature, commissioned by Birth Companions was carried out in 2014 to provide a comprehensive overview of the existing academic, policy or other expert publications on ‘what works’ when supporting vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers living in the community.
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
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.
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.
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.