Project MAMA matches peer support Mother Companions (MC’s) with pregnant women who otherwise lack a birth partner. Women therefore have one-to-one support ensuring companionship and a nurturing presence during this challenging time.
Women are assigned two dedicated volunteer Mother Companions (MC’s) with a doula or midwifery background, experienced in working with women from migrant populations. MC’s will provide the space and support to encourage women to empower themselves, equipping her with the tools to understand her pregnancy, the NHS system of healthcare and her rights and entitlements so she can make informed birth choices. MC’s provide an emotionally supportive space to un-pack ideas, concerns and wishes along with robust antenatal support exploring comfort measures and exercises that promote a positive labour and birth.
During a woman’s labour, MC’s will be by her side for the duration, offering emotional, practical and advocacy support and MC’s continue to be present in the following weeks after childbirth to ensure both mother and baby are thriving.