Since September 2019, we have supported 175 women and birthing people as they navigate pregnancy, birth and new parenthood.
Without our incredible team of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to provide our broad range of inclusive and trauma-informed services on such a large scale.
As well as attending births and caring for people during their postpartum, our volunteers provide birth preparation, attend hospital appointments and help to run our peer support services including our gardening club, monthly workshops and drop-in services.
After becoming a part of team Amma, each volunteer attends an in-depth 50 hour training programme that covers everything from birth physiology to advocacy, trauma awareness and the basics of navigating Scotland’s asylum system,
Volunteers take part in regular supervision sessions with our group supervisor, psychotherapist Satinder Panesar, and ongoing training with monthly group learning activities.
As we continue to grow, celebrating our 200th referral at the beginning of May, plans for the future are brewing. With recruitment of around 20 volunteers bi-annually to continue supporting the needs of new parents in Glasgow, new volunteer roles and the Amma Access Fund; a grant that will support people from marginalised groups into birthwork, being developed, it is an exciting time for Amma.
During this year’s Volunteer Week, we’ll meet five of Amma’s inspiring volunteers who ensure that everyone who accesses our services receives dedicated and person-centred care at every stage of their parenting journey.