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The experiences of pregnant, asylum-seeking women in Britain

I’ve had my eyes opened recently to the reality lived by pregnant, asylum-seeking women in Britain. A year ago I volunteered for a Cardiff-based organisation, Birth Partners, whose aim is to provide a companion during birth for women who have no one to accompany them during birth. Almost all of the women referred to us by the specialist midwife are recently arrived asylum seeking women. As a birth activist, I’m not a midwife or a doula. Most of my experience of childbirth, apart from my own three births, is very far from hands on. So I’ve had a crash course during this year in how to make a relationship quickly, create an instant antenatal course through pictures (photographs from Becky Reed

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