Birth Companions offers support to women experiencing inequality and disadvantage during pregnancy and early motherhood, including those who are serving a prison sentence, have been released from prison recently, or are involved with the criminal justice system in the community.

We work in the community in London and the South East, and run services in two prisons:

  • HMP Bronzefield
  • HMP Foston Hall

In these prisons, we offer a range of practical, emotional, advocacy and signposting support. We run pregnancy and wellbeing groups, and offer 1-to-1 perinatal support with our coordinators and/or trained peer supporters. We an support women throughout their pregnancies, and up to two years postnatally, including to women who have been separated from babies in the community.. We can also offer support to women a who have had abortions or have experienced baby loss.

In the community, we offer groups, classes, 1-to-1 support and birth support to pregnant women and new mothers in London who are experiencing inequality and disadvantage. This includes pregnant women and new mothers who have been involved with the criminal justice system in any way.

Our community services include:

  • Community Antenatal Classes
  • Community Birth Support
  • Community Postnatal Mother & Baby Group
  • Community Criminal Justice – Perinatal Support Service (run in partnership with Advance)

Services offered by this centre

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Opening Hours

Office hours, Monday to Friday

Contact Information

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Referral Information

  • Referrals for women currently in prison are made through the prisons themselves. If you know someone in prison who is pregnant or has recently had a baby who you think could benefit from our support, or if you or someone you know is awaiting sentencing and would like to enquire about support, please contact us: [email protected].
  • To make a referral to one of our Community Services (see projects), please complete online form via our website:
  • Referrals to our Community Criminal Justice – Perinatal Support Service can only be made by Advance keyworkers (see projects for more details). The referral form for this service can be found here:
  • If you have an issue with the online referral forms, please contact us at [email protected]

Referrals Offered:

  • This centre does not offer Booking referrals
  • This centre does not offer Drop-in referrals
  • This centre offers Electronic referrals
  • This centre does not offer Other – See referral information referrals

Referrals Email Address:
[email protected]

Referrals Web Address: