What does our support look like during labour & birth?

Project MAMA offers one-to-one holistic support to displaced people through pregnancy, labour & birth and early parenting. In this series of blog posts, we share some insight on what our Mother Companions support can look to the mamas we support.

My due date in 2020 was in the time of Coronavirus. I didn’t have anyone to help me with the children. I feel scared because I need to go alone to hospital. But they tell me I don’t need alone. My waters broke at 3 o’clock in the morning, and my Mother Companion still came and they were really helpful for me. I never forget these things in my life.

Every mama is unique, as is every birth. Our support during labour & birth is tailored to suit the needs of our mamas and delivered by our specialist team of Mother Companions.​​​​​​​​
Mother Companion support is malleable, sensitive and responsible, offering company and a comforting presence during this special time. ​​​​​​​​
During birth, our Mother Companions help mamas make informed choices about her care & birth pathway, and also ensure she is able to tap into all the birth preparation done in previous weeks. ​​​​​​​​
Project MAMA allocates a small team of Mother Companions to support the mama during the weeks around their estimated due date. Mother Companions put themselves forward to cover the on-call period, so the mama knows who to call when she is in labour and can rest assured that support will be available when time comes. ​​​​​​​​
Behind the support provided during birth, there are countless hours of preparation, not only alongside the mama being supported, but also preparing to be the best possible birth companion. All of out Mother Companions have gone through extensive training beyond the specialist trauma-informed preparation they undergo when they join Project MAMA, and bring a wealth of knowledge & expertise into the birth room.​​​​​​​​

Related articles: What does support look like before baby is born?, What does our support look like after birth?

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