In August, we welcomed a new cohort of birth and mother companions to our team. Covid-19 restrictions forced us to get creative with our training delivery, but this amazing team of volunteers powered through "Zoom fatigue" to take part in six weeks of online training, along with a few outdoor sessions.
We're so impressed by the dedication this group of volunteers has shown. It takes a special sort of person to commit to this role—especially during such uncertain times.
All birth and mother companions go through extensive professional training in how to offer non-medical, trauma enhanced practical and emotional support, information, and advocacy before, during and after birth.
Our training includes specific modules on: trauma and the healing relationship; the impact of sexual violence on pregnancy and birth; trafficking; boundaries; infant feeding; postnatal care; understanding labour and birth; and the impact of the asylum process.
We're delighted to welcome this group of new volunteers to our team. We have no doubt they will make a real difference to the lives of the people we support.