Childbirth in the UK, stories from refugees

"Childbirth in the UK, stories from refugees" is a film of first-hand accounts of the many challenges refugee and asylum seeking women often face throughout pregnancy, birth and the early stages of motherhood. Watching the women speak about the physical, emotional and cultural difficulties they have sought to overcome is thought provoking, enlightening and heart wrenching.

The content of the film has been led by asylum seeking and refugee women and links with the model "Pregnant Woman in the Global Context developed by Dr Mel Cooper. It helps to develop a deeper understanding of the issues highlighted in the different layers of the model.

Details of the model can be found on the Maternity Stream website:

With thanks to all the courageous women who have shared their stories in the film.

Thank you to the Yorkshire and Humber LETB for funding the film and the Refugee Council and Choto Moni Children's Centre for hosting the filming.

The film was produced by the Faculty of Health Studies and The Working Academy at the University of Bradford 2014.

Childbirth in the UK; Guide for Refugees

“Childbirth in the UK, guide for refugees” is a film aimed specifically at pregnant AS&R women to help them navigate the issues they might face throughout their pregnancy and birth. The UK health system is often very different to the ones in the countries these women have travelled from, which can lead to confusion and isolation.

Many AS&R women don’t know what services are available, or how to access them. This film aims to solve this problem offering step by step advice to many of the issues faced by women in this situation. Much like the above film, the content has been developed by AS&R women, who draw on their own experiences to offer guidance.

Once again, thanks is due to all the brilliant women who helped to make this valuable resource.