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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 a national network of people seeking sanctuary, representatives from refugee organisations and other charities, midwives and midwifery students, commissioners, educators and researchers.

What are our aims?

  • To embed the concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within maternity services and support groups for pregnant women seeking sanctuary.
  • To ensure women seeking sanctuary’s voices are heard and considered when discussing the development of maternity related services and support groups.
  • To help women seeking sanctuary overcome the barriers they experience when accessing maternity services.
  • To develop a supportive community for women seeking sanctuary and provide opportunities for sharing relevant resources and best practice.

On this site, you will find information about applying for a Sanctuary Award as a Maternity Service of Sanctuary as well as useful resources.

The Yorkshire & Humber Maternity Stream group is now a registered charity.

To get involved in the Yorkshire and Humber region please contact:
[email protected]

To get involved elsewhere in the UK please contact:
[email protected]

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