About Birth Companions
Birth Companions is unlike any other charity. It is a unique organisation set up to provide much needed help and support for female detainees at HMP Holloway. By making the best out of a situation that is far from ideal, we support expectant mothers so that the birth of their baby is as close to the same experience in the outside world as possible. We support women in HMP Holloway who are pregnant, due to give birth or who have been recently separated from their babies. We seek to reduce their feelings of alienation and estrangement at a time that should be a milestone in their lives. We also support women in similar circumstances who have either been released from prison or are living in the community and are at risk of being detained.
We provide trained, compassionate and experienced birth companions to women who are vulnerable, isolated and may have no other means of support. 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.