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2023 GSK IMPACT Awards: Birth Companions

Birth Companions supports mothers and babies facing severe disadvantage and inequalities, in prisons and in the community. The charity works closely with its extensive lived experience team to improve policy and practice across the maternity, criminal justice, social care and immigration systems, while also offering emotional, practical and advocacy-based services to women throughout pregnancy, birth and early motherhood.

Judges’ comments

Birth Companions does exemplary work in prisons and the community to support some of the most vulnerable pregnant women in our society, helping them to give their babies the best possible start in life. Through their impressive 50-strong lived experience team, they put women’s voices at the heart of everything they do and use their frontline insight to influence at the highest levels. Despite its small size, the charity has achieved incredible impact working at the challenging intersection of maternity services with criminal justice, the NHS, social services and the immigration system. Through exceptionally strong partnership working it has been a catalyst for change in the reform of maternity services for women in the criminal justice system.


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