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.
Birth Companions work as part of small teams to offer emotional support, practical guidance, and a nurturing presence to women and birthing people who might otherwise give birth alone.
Our Birth Companions:
- Provide one-to-one support from the third trimester of pregnancy and during birth
- Work with parents to prepare for birth and develop an individualised birth plan
- Advocate to ensure clients’ voices are heard in the decisions that impact their birth experience
Our Postnatal Companions work as part of a team to support and nurture
parents’ physical and emotional recovery from birth. They help ease the transition to parenthood by ensuring parents are rested, nourished, able to bond with and comfortably feed their baby.
Our Postnatal Companions:
- Help with infant feeding
- Assist with domestic tasks like cooking or tidying
- Enable parents to rest and recover
- Ensure parents are well-nourished
- Facilitate connections with other parents
Parent Supporters offer emotional and practical support to our clients during late pregnancy and the early postpartum period.
Parent Supporters play a vital role in strengthening our companionship services by helping clients with specific tasks that birth or
postnatal companions do not have capacity to fulfil.
Our parent supporters:
- Provide practical support during pregnancy or following birth (e.g., dropping off donated baby items, preparing the home to welcome a new baby, stocking the fridge)
- Offer emotional support and/or advocacy at antenatal or postnatal appointments
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.