Amma Birth Companions has been awarded Maternity Service of Sanctuary status, recognising its support and welcome for people seeking sanctuary. The title, the first of its kind in Scotland, was awarded by City of Sanctuary UK, a nationally coordinated network of organisations and services, including councils, universities, theatres and libraries that welcome and support refugees and people seeking asylum.
Today marks one year since Amma became a registered Scottish charity
A full year has passed since Amma became part of Scotland’s charity sector—and what a year it has been. In the space of 12 months, we’ve welcomed 15 dedicated birth companions to our team; supported nearly 30 women through pregnancy, birth and early motherhood; and been inspired by the many individuals and organisations who have championed our work.
To mark the occasion, we reached out to the people who sit at the heart of what we do: our Amma mamas, our birth companions, and our volunteers. We posed the question: What does Amma mean to you? And we were completely blown away by the response.
At a time when the world is filled with so much uncertainty, we feel it’s important to share positive news whenever we can. So grab yourself a cuppa—and possibly a box of tissues—and prepare to have your heart well and truly warmed.
What does Amma mean to you?
A message from one of our Amma mamas, Mary:
Scared of what’s laying await for me
I look up and suddenly appears an umbrella
In layers of colours like a rainbow
I can’t but beam with relief and happiness
For I know my fears and anxieties have scurried away
Into the night and forever gone
Oh what I feel in my belly
Is my child leap with joy as well
Now I know my child will be born
Into this world to a happy mother
Oh what would I have done without this ray of hope
—Artwork and poem created by a volunteer
Our sincere thanks go to everyone who took the time to share a response. There is no better way to understand our impact than to hear about it firsthand from the people we support and work alongside every day, so thank you. We can’t wait to see all that we will have achieved together this time next year.
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Ten years of nannying and nursery school teaching stood Sam Morgan-Hutchings in good stead for supporting people as they become new parents. The essential skills remain the same; nurturing, caring, cheering people on and helping them to find their own way knowing that one day they will no longer be there to hold hands.