Emotional Support Improves Outcomes & Experiences
Volunteer Birth Partners
Volunteer birth partners meet women in pregnancy to understand their support needs, their wishes for their birth and provide links to additional support as needed. Women are given the contact number for their birth partner who will work with other volunteers to offer 24hr on call support around their due month. Once the woman is in labour, volunteers offer emotional support and non-medical comfort measures along side the health professional.
Once baby is born, volunteers offer support throughout the first 8 weeks. The birth partner present at the birth will visit within the first week to answer any questions and to talk about the birth experience with the woman.
Postnatal visits are additional to any visits made by healthcare professionals and are more focused on emotional support, providing a friendly face and listening ear. Postnatal support can help women access information and help, get out and meet other new mums and just chat about life with a new baby.
All volunteers are given training in order to offer appropriate, safe and confidential support, as well as practical comfort measures during the birth/postnatal period.
We may be able to provide information and preparation for birth such as writing a birth plan, understanding maternity rights and negotiating a care plan. We may also be able to support breastfeeding families through volunteers with breastfeeding skills or through referrals to specialist health professionals. Please ask us if you feel specialist services would help and we will try to meet any needs.