Birth & Postnatal Companionship
Our volunteer companions deliver specialist, trauma-skilled, culturally sensitive care to our clients from the third trimester of pregnancy, during birth, and for the first few weeks postpartum.
These highly trained volunteers work in small teams alongside our perinatal staff to provide continuous practical and emotional support throughout the perinatal period. Companions ensure our clients understand their rights and can make and express informed choices about their care.
Our Amma Family peer support programme supports our clients to build community, increase confidence and share parenting skills. Parents are encouraged to join at any point during pregnancy and are welcome to take part until their babies reach the age of two.
We foster collaboration amongst participants and build on our clients’ existing strengths, cultural traditions, and knowledge.
Our midwife-led pregnancy group provides participants with a comprehensive and holistic understanding of how to prepare for birth and life with a new baby, as well as opportunities to make friends. The group is designed to be inclusive, trauma-informed, and accessible to all. We use multilingual resources and interpreter support to help our clients plan for birth and life with a new baby.
At Amma, we have a vital role to play in supporting our clients to become their own best advocates. We help to make sure that our clients’ needs are asserted, particularly when there are language or ability barriers.
We are focused not only on meeting the urgent needs of our clients, but also on tackling widespread disparities in perinatal care for marginalised and racialised groups.