Birth Companions

Birth Companions

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  • Children / families
  • Women

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Birth Companions is a charity that supports women experiencing multiple disadvantage during the perinatal period in the community in London and the South East, and in prisons across the country.

Our work aims to improve the lives of mothers and babies by:

  • Improving the mental health and wellbeing of pregnant women and new mothers.
  • Enabling new mothers to give their babies the best possible start in life.
  • Empowering women to fulfil their potential through engagement.
  • Driving improvements in the local and national policy and practice that impacts on mothers and their babies.

By working towards these aims, we hope that all women who face disadvantage and inequality during this crucial point in their lives will have the support they need to give their baby the best possible start, and to fulfil their own potential, whatever their circumstances.


Birth Companions’ values have shaped the organisation’s approach from the outset and are still as important to us as ever. We are a women’s organisation built on feminist principles, delivering woman-to-woman support. Choice, empowerment and protecting women’s rights have always been central to the way we work. Through the work of our staff and trained volunteers, we offer practical and emotional support before, during and after birth. We work in a woman-centred way that is trauma-informed, flexible and non-judgemental, basing our support on what a woman tells us she needs.

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