About Birth Companions
Birth Companions is unlike any other charity. We provide support to vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers who are, have been or are at risk of being detained. We deliver our services in HMP Holloway and in the community in the greater London area.
The women we support often face a range of issues and challenges including mental health problems, substance misuse, a history of domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, experience of detention and human rights violations overseas. They are particularly vulnerable during their pregnancies due to the effects of poor health, poverty, lack of support from family and friends as well as isolation. We seek to reduce their feelings of alienation and estrangement at a time that should be a milestone in their lives.
Our overall aim is to improve the experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood for women and ensure the best possible start in life for their new-born babies. We also seek to raise awareness of the needs of the women we work with and to influence changes in policy and law in order to improve conditions of the women we work with.