When Angelina Edwin arrived in Glasgow from Sri Lanka, she didn’t know that her experience would see her support new parents as they found their own feet in a new country.
Our volunteer birth companions work in teams to provide continuous practical and emotional support to expectant parents. Support is offered from the third trimester of pregnancy until a week or two after birth.
Our birth companions:
- Provide one-to-one support to birthing people from the third trimester of pregnancy until birth
- Work with parents to develop an individualised birth plan
- Advocate to ensure clients’ voices are heard in the decisions that impact their birth experience
Our postnatal companions work voluntarily to support and nurture
parents’ physical and emotional recovery from birth. They help ease the transition to parenthood by ensuring parents are rested, nourished, and able to bond with and comfortably feed their baby.
Our postnatal companions:
- Help with infant feeding
- Assist with domestic tasks
- Enable parents to rest and recover
- Ensure parents are well-nourished
- Facilitate connections with other parents
Our work in action
When Morag Riddet discovered Amma, she knew immediately it was an organisation she wanted to be part of. But having missed the first intake of volunteers, the doula, massage therapist and yoga teacher had to wait patiently before coming on board.
A “random” application for an Amma volunteer post through a Glasgow-wide website for volunteering opportunities turned out to be one of the “best decisions ever” for mum-of-one Gemma Dool.