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Red Cross Figures Reveal Destitution Faced by Pregnant Women and New Mothers

The Red Cross has revealed that pregnant women and new mothers were among thousands of destitute refugees and asylum seekers they supported this year.

Between January and March, the Red Cross helped more than 5,400 people without adequate access to food, housing or health care. Among them were 70 women who received nappies from the Red Cross, and nearly 100 women who were given baby packs.

Although destitute women who are asylum seekers are eligible for small additional financial support during pregnancy, they frequently experience significant delays in receiving these payments. The Red Cross has warned that government plans to cut asylum support could leave even more families with infants in poverty. You can read more from the Red Cross here.