This week is UK Black Maternal Mental Health Week (BMMHW), taking place from 25th September to 1st October. BMMHW is an annual event that aims to promote education, advocacy, and support for Black women during their pregnancy and postpartum journey, which is deeply relevant for the Amma community.
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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On June 23, we were delighted to attend the Scottish Charity Awards in Edinburgh. Hosted by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), these awards celebrate the individuals and organisations that strengthen our communities and improve people’s lives across Scotland. This year’s shortlist included Amma’s Vice-Chair, Vongayi Mufara, who was awarded Trustee of the Year.
On Friday, June 23, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland, we held an event at Glasgow Women’s Library celebrating our project Mama Stitch. This project was a collaboration between Amma and Dr Lucy Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology at Edinburgh University.