The birth companions are a great strength of support, especially to us foreign nationals.

Articles in the press

Holding the Baby 
Naomi Delap and Laura Abott argue that responsibility for addressing the needs of offending pregnant women and new mothers should be shared across the system. Howard League Early Career Academics Network Bulletin November 2016 – Issue 31

Birth Companions: making pregnant women’s and new mothers’ voices heard
Article by Lucia Ghezzi in about the work of Birth Companions March 14th, 2017

The Archers Effect
Article by Naomi Delap in the Big Issue Magazine, Sept 5-11th 2016

Maternity care for women in prisons in England and Wales 
Article in the British Journal of Midwifery, July 2016

Birth Charter for women in prison in England and Wales
Article in Inside Times, July 2016

Caring for perinatal women in prison: How the launch of the Birth Charter will help women and staff
Article in the British Journal of Midwifery, May 2016

Call to improve pre- and postnatal care in prisons
Nursing Times online edition, May 2016

What does it feel like to give birth while serving a prison sentence?
by Rebecca Schiller on The Pool, May 2016

A charter for women who are pregnant in prison
Zosia Kmietowicz Blog post on British Medical Journal, May 2016

Birth charity report reveals shocking indignities faced by pregnant women in UK prisons
The Daily Telegraph online, May 2016

Imprisoning pregnant women and their babies causes significant harm without benefiting public safety, report claims
Online article by Siobhan Fenton in the Independant, May 2016

Charity raises plight of imprisoned mothers and pregnant inmates
Online article in the Community Practitioner, May 2016

Birth Charter aims to improve conditions for pregnant women in prison
Article in the Guardian about the launch of the Birth Charter, May 2016 

An Article by Holly Ewers About the launch of the Birth Charter, May 2016 

Mothering the Mothers 
An aritcle by Jill Benjoya Miller in 'Doullaing' a publication by Doula UK. Autumn 2014 

Baby Boon
An article in Changing Lives Together, the quarterly update from the National Offender Management Service. September 2012 - see page 13.

Hard Labour
An article in the Independent Monitor, May 2012, written by Annabel Kennedy about the work of Birth Companions and the issues faced by pregnant women and new mothers in prison - see page 15.

Alarm at 'shocking despair' of Women's Prisons
The Independent, February 29, 2012. The way women are treated in prisons will leave England and Wales "aghast and ashamed" in years to come, the Chief Inspector of Prisons said today.

Birth Companions: working with women in prison giving birth
An article in the British Journal of Midwifery, April 2010 written by Denise Marshall, detailing the work of Birth Companions and the issues faced by pregnant women and new mothers in prison.

Born Behind Bars
Being pregnant and in prison forces a woman to prepare for the worst. Will she receive the treatment she needs? Will she be able to get out of her cell if labour starts? And, most poignantly, will she be able to keep her baby? Four new mothers tell their inside stories. Observer, February 21, 2010.

Is a woman's place in prison?
Our female prison population has more than doubled in the past six years, with twice as many women as men jailed for a first offence. Yet few are dangerous, and many are vulnerable, as Libby Brooks discovers. The Guardian, January 30, 2001.

Little prisoners
As a mother wins a victory to have her two-year-old daughter stay in jail with her, Diane Taylor asks if we should be locking our children up. The Guardian, July 25, 2001.