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.
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
Comprehensive literature review commissioned by the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition, looking at the the individual and structural factors in childhood and adulthood that lead women and girls into difficult lives.
Briefing that profiles innovative approaches to reducing women's offending and calls for the development of coordinated services that bring together police, health, women's services local authorities to help women turn their lives around.
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.