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


Below are some links to other website which we think you might find interesting or useful.

Action for Prisoners Families
Offers a free confidential helpline for anyone who is affected by the imprisonment of a close family member or friend.

Babies in Prison
UK charity that observes and supports the development of babies and toddlers living with their mothers in Mother and Baby Units within prisons in the United Kingdom, and works to improve their general wellbeing despite the restrictions of the prison environment.

The Breastfeeding Network
The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) aims to be an independent source of support and information for breastfeeding women and those involved in their care. 

Cast offers an holistic service of education, training and employment advice to women offenders, women at risk of offending and women with mental health or substance misuse problems. Their aim is to help women build new lives within their communities, specifically

Clean Break
Clean Break is a theatre, education and new writing company which use theatre for personal and political change, working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.

Doula UK
The largest association for doulas in the UK. Information about doulas pregnancy, labour and the childbirth year and the find a doula directory.

Fawcett Society
Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men. Where there's an inequality gap between women and men we're working to close it.

H M Prison Service
For information about Prisons in England and Wales, prison life, family support and advice, job vacancies and resources.

Haringey Women’s forum
A registered charity which works with women and women’s organisations to develop and deliver services that local women need. We provide information, support and services to all women.

Helen Bamber Foundation
The Helen Bamber Foundation is a UK-based human rights organisation, formed in April 2005 to help rebuild lives and inspire a new self-esteem in survivors of gross human rights violations.

The Howard League
The Howard League works for humane and rational reform of the penal system. We research and comment on criminal justice policy and practice. They also offer legal advice and support to children and young adults.

The Female Prisoners Welfare Project (FPWP) is a registered charity established in 1986 to provide support for females of all ethnic origins and nationalities within the UK criminal justice system. Hibiscus is a branch of FPWP and was set up in 1991 to address the special needs of foreign national women imprisoned in the UK.

Pact is a charity which supports people affected by imprisonment. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves.

PramDepot is an arts-led recycling project in collaboratioin with Birth Companions, which is being funded by the Arts Council and Collage Arts. Everything you donate will be recycled and passed on to the women who Birth Companions are supporting.

The Prison Reform Trust
The Prison Reform Trust (PRT) is an independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. They do this by inquiring into the workings of the system; informing prisoners, staff and the wider public; and by influencing Parliament, government and officials towards reform.

Re-Unite is a UK based housing project, providing a package of support and access to housing for mothers that have been separated from their children whilst serving a prison sentence.

Sheila Kitzinger
Renowned childbirth educator, sociologist and campaigner for women’s right to information about childbirth, Shelia is the honorary President of Birth Companions.

Women in Prison
Women in Prison supports and campaigns for women affected by the Criminal Justice System (CJS). They assist women with advice on housing, education, mental health, legal rights, work, benefits, debt, domestic violence, and more.