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Naomi Delap

Director, Birth Companions

Improving support for social care

Pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2 years with involvement from children's social care should receive support that is specialist and continuous during pregnancy, birth and early...

Widening inequalities should galvanise action across systems

Work is underway to address the inequalities experienced by black, Asian and other minority ethnic women and their babies; work that's greatly needed. However, inequalities arising from structural,...

What does COVID-19 mean for new mothers in prison?

In September 2019, a baby died when a mother gave birth overnight in her prison cell-alone Multiple investigations were launched and coverage of the tragedy revealed a raft of other deeply concerning...

Holding it all together

How do women experience care during pregnancy, birth and early motherhood amid severe disadvantage? And how do those experiences relate to women's rights to safe and appropriate care, dignity,...

Maternity care for women in prisons in England and Wales

Any maternity service can be measured by the care we provide to the most vulnerable in our society Women in prison and their babies deserve the best of care The Birth Charter for women in prisons in...

Caring for perinatal women in prison: How the launch of the Birth Charter will help women and staff

It is estimated that around 600 women receive antenatal care, and more than 100 babies are born to women in prison in England and Wales each year. Women in prison are one of society's most...

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