We are supporting vulnerable female refugees and asylum seekers before and after their pregnancies to ensure they get the support they need, thanks to a grant of £9,210 from Big Lottery Fund.
Asylum seeking and refugee women who are pregnant or have recently given birth are often amongst the most vulnerable in our community. This is due to separation from family and friends, limited English, traumatic experiences and little knowledge of the services available. These can significantly affect the women’s ability to navigate maternal health support, which can have serious health consequences for the women and their babies.
Research found that they are less likely to attend prenatal and postnatal support groups due to lack of money, difficulty with transport and limited English. Of the women consulted, 25% travelled to hospital by bus to give birth. Women reported feeling isolated and lonely during their pregnancies and on their return home from hospital after giving birth (BRC, 2011).
Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s support, these women are no longer alone. The Mums Project in Glasgow is providing pregnant women with intensive support over six months to ensure they know their rights and can access the support available.
With the support of a trained volunteer each woman works through an individual care plan tailored to their needs. This could include being provided with money for taxi fares to enable the woman to attend antenatal clinics, being escorted to medical appointments, support to apply for maternity grants and other entitlements, as well as signposting to additional services in the community.
This project is supporting women through their pregnancies and helping them to live independently with their newborn babies.