What does support look like before baby is born?

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 Mother Companions helped with explaining things about the hospital, for example, and if you would like to do an epidural what will happen then. They were there 24/7 if i had any questions, it was very helpful. They explained my choices very well as I didn’t know about my options before
I felt very very confident with voicing my choices to medical staff after receiving support from Project MAMA.”

After a mama is referred to Project MAMA, which can be done by an agency or self-referred by the pregnant person, our Client Liaison, Esther, makes contact with them to introduce our support and assess their needs. Once we’ve welcomed a mama and got to know them, we introduce them to their team of Mother Companions. ​​​​​​​​
Our Mother Companions then tailor their antenatal support to the needs and preferences of the mama. Through their sessions together they will:​​​​​​​​

• Discuss the maternity system and what to expect from their care providers and/or midwife​​​​​​​​
• Talk about their hopes for the birth as well as any fears or concerns​​​​​​​​
• Learn what will help the mama to feel supported, calm and safe​​​​​​​​
• Discuss the stages of labour, what to expect and pain relief options​​​​​​​​
• Share and discuss comfort measures and tools such as hypnobirthing techniques, breathing techniques and massage ​​​​​​​​
• Explain all of the options for birth and put together birth preferences ​​​​​​​​
• Be available to answer questions and attend appointments ​​​​​​​​
• Research birthing options and gather evidence based information​​​​​​​​
Through this tailored support, our Mother Companions get to know our mamas so well and support them to feel empowered in their choices for birth, whilst supporting to bridge that gap between the pregnant mama and a medical system that may feel very unknown to them. ​​​​​​​​
Our Mother Companions work hard to stay up to date with current guidelines and do lots of ongoing training, whilst putting in lots of hours to ensure each pregnant person approaches the birth of their baby feeling prepared and fully supported. ​​​​​​​​

Related post: What does support look like during labour & birth?, What does our support look like after birth?

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