In 2011 the Maternity Stream of the City of Sanctuary was started by a group of asylum seeking and refugee women who volunteered as Health Befrienders for the Refugee Council in Leeds. They “didn’t want other mums to suffer as we had suffered”. They teamed up with other people committed to working with asylum seeking and refugee women to form the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary.
We are now a national and rapidly expanding network of people and groups based in different towns and cities across England. We are asylum seeking and refugee service users, representatives from refugee organisations and other charities, midwives and midwifery students, commissioners, educators and researchers.
The Yorkshire & Humber Maternity Stream group is now a registered charity.
To get involved in the Yorkshire and Humber region please contact:
Shelley King: [email protected]
To get involved elsewhere in the UK please contact:
Latest Maternity Posts from across the City of Sanctuary Network
Interviewees needed for new study on migrant women’s experiences of antenatal care during detention
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Guardian report: Pregnant Women without Legal Status Avoid Seeking NHS Antenatal Care
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Mapping Sanctuary in Edinburgh
As more refugees and asylum seekers arrive in Edinburgh, many brilliant initiatives have sprung up to provide a welcome across the city. As more groups are stepping forward to offer help and support – from providing bikes and language lessons through to advice on navigating the education and health system – the network becomes wider but more difficult to visualise.Posted by: City Template
Dramatic increase in HO tracing requests through the NHS
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC), the Department of Health (DoH) and the Home Office, makes clear…Posted by: Health
Delegates from 14 City of Sanctuaries gather in York for regional event
Report on Yorkshire and Humber Regional Meeting, York October 1st 2016
Birth with Sanctuary - A short film
‘Birth with Sanctuary’ is a moving film that has been made with the women who sustain the Maternity Stream of…
The Maternity Stream and City of Sanctuary go to Glastonbury!
Report from "excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from each other" - Midlands CoS Conference
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The national picture of the Maternity Stream
The national picture of the Maternity Stream 2016
Maternity Stream of Sanctuary Launch in Manchester
A holiday was cut short, time taken off work and diaries freed so that 28 people could attend the launch…