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Amma Birth Companions 2020

Amma Birth Companions is a charity registered in Scotland (SC049280)

Amma is generously funded by:

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Amma provides trained, nurturing birth companions to women who face birth separated from friends and family. We work primarily with asylum-seeking and refugee women and those with insecure immigration status in Glasgow who are overcoming adversity on their journey to motherhood.  Our volunteer birth companions provide trauma-informed one-to-one support before, during and after the birth.

 

Whilst our aim is to support all women that are referred to us and meet our criteria, we are dependent upon the capacity of our volunteer birth companions to be on-call for a birth. This means we cannot guarantee a birth companion for every referral that is made. 

 

 

 

 

We will prioritise the following individuals: 

Women who are facing birth alone, including:

  • Women who have travelled alone to Glasgow
     

  • Women newly arrived to Glasgow who have not yet established a system of support 
     

  • Survivors of trafficking, domestic abuse, rape/sexual assault
     

  • Women whose isolation is affecting their psychological state ​
     

  • Vulnerable women who are particularly anxious about pregnancy or birth

Women experiencing barriers to understanding their rights and processes around birth and making informed choices, including:

  • Women who have presented to NHS services late in pregnancy and have had a limited engagement with professionals.
    This could be due to factors such as trafficking or destitution.
     

  • Women with limited or no English

 

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