Birth Companions

Birth Companions

At Birth Companions we believe that no woman should go through pregnancy, birth and early motherhood on her own. That’s why we offer practical and emotional support to women experiencing multiple disadvantages before, during and after their baby’s birth.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1120934)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£21,570

Donations

123

Championed by The EQ Foundation

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice

    Helping

  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls

Location

United Kingdom

  • I had no family or friends by my side during pregnancy and birth but I wasn’t alone.

    — Helen, supported by Birth Companions after being trafficked to the UK

  • I am prepared to have the baby, as before the support I was completely insecure and now I feel stronger mentally and able to care for my baby with more confidence.

    — Javine, supported by Birth Companions after experiencing domestic violence

  • The support given by Birth Companions made me feel like a mother and an individual and not judged. They helped me feel confident that even though I am in prison I still mattered.

    — Sylvie, serving a 6 month prison sentence while pregnant

Situation

We support pregnant women and new mothers in prison and the community. The women we work with face a range of difficulties such as housing issues, domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, mental health issues, a history of drug and alcohol problems and involvement with social services. The impact of multiple challenges compounded by isolation and a lack of support can make being pregnant and having a new baby a time of anxiety and stress instead of the special, happy experience it should be.

Solution

Being pregnant, giving birth and becoming a mother is a life changing time for a woman. The flexible, compassionate services we offer to women facing severe disadvantage helps them feel more positive about themselves as mothers. Practical and emotional support provides them with a strong basis for parenting, enabling them to give their babies a better start in life. All our services are women led and focus on giving women non-judgmental support that they ask us for.