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It takes a village 

Help us provide specialist postnatal support to asylum seeking mothers forced out of the community into cramped Home Office accommodation in Glasgow. 

Babies in bedsits

In January 2021, 20+ asylum-seeking women with or expecting babies—including many supported by Amma—were moved to a new mother and baby unit in Glasgow run by Home Office accommodation provider, Mears Group. Many of these new and expectant mothers were forced out of settled accommodation into cramped, one-room bedsits. 

Now, everyday life for these mothers and babies is confined to one small room, with the cot just steps away from the cooker and a window that barely opens. 

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The impact of Covid-19

Life with a newborn can be isolating at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. This is why Covid-19 regulations  in Scotland permit anyone with a child under one to receive support from friends and family. 

But residents of the mother and baby unit are deprived of this right. It is not possible to socially distance within the unit and the risk of spreading Covid-19 is high. As a result, all but essential support workers are permitted inside the unit. Mums need to sign in and out of the building and are not allowed to spend more than a few hours outside the unit, even to see partners.  

 

Thankfully, Amma is still allowed to provide in-person support—but the need is far greater than what our volunteers can provide. 

Help us build a village 
 

The experience of living in the unit has been highly distressing for many of the mothers we support. They are not only disconnected from wider support services,  but also struggling to recover from birth within the space.

In response, Amma is providing intensive postnatal support to mothers in the unit. Our postnatal specialist will spend around 14 hours a week offering practical, emotional and physical support to help mothers adjust to life with a newborn.

 

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With your help, we can build the village of support these new parents deserve. 

 

A donation of £25 will provide one hour of specialist postnatal care and guidance.

This includes:

Practical support 

Setting up the space – making the best safe use of a very small room
 

Nourishment – ensuring mothers can access nutritious food on a limited budget with basic cooking facilities
 

Body or bottle-feeding – establishing safe and simple routines and practice
 

Interpreter support - providing information in resources to women in a language they can understand 

Parenting support

 

Baby-wearing – advice on how to safely wear babies 
 

Newborn care – supporting parents to understand and respond to their baby's needs


Sleep education – helping mothers and babies to establish a natural rhythm 


Healing education – caring for Caesarean wounds and other postnatal recovery

Emotional support


Bonding with baby – empowering parents to build a secure relationship with their baby
 

Advice, reassurance, encouragement, a sympathetic ear, moral support
 

Referrals and signposting to mental health support if required
 

Help to build resilience and confidence, adapting to the changes of life as a new parent