You can find national resources on this page to support your work within the Maternity Stream of Sanctuary.
- Improving Care for Refugees and Asylum Seekers: The Experience of Midwives. report by Maternity Action, 2011
- Mother’s tongue app – An English language app to help support Mums-to-be in communicating with their midwives.
- Seeking Refuge? A handbook for asylum seeking women
- Video specifically aimed at women asylum seekers with useful information to know before their initial asylum interview. Link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGuZg0NiedE
Access to public funding
- Maternity Action Advice service to advise women and professionals on access to NHS maternity care by women from abroad, including charging for NHS care.
- Extra payments for Pregnant women on Asylum Seeking support:
EXTRACT: Applications made during pregnancy
Applications must be signed by the mother or father and include original, credible written confirmation of pregnancy such as form MAT B1, a letter from a Community Midwife or a letter from a GP. If the MATB1 is endorsed by a midwife, their PIN number must be entered on the form along with their signature.
The Migrant Women’s Rights Service from Maternity Action aims to increase awareness of the support and housing options available to destitute migrant women. It also provides advice on NHS charging and access to NHS maternity care. The support system is complex and was changed in 2012 resulting in restricted access to mainstream benefits for migrant women granted leave on family rights ground. Consequently, those with very young children or those unable to work due to pregnancy, are at high risk of becoming destitute and are have to approach social services for emergency support.
Articles of interest
These are the drafts of articles that have since been published in different academic journals. The full reference is included at the beginning of each article. Please ensure you use this when referring to the article.
- A study undertaken in West Yorkshire, aiming to explore the maternity care experiences of local pregnant asylum seeking women, to inform service development. Phenomenological article
- The early evaluation of a befriending project located in Northern England, targeting pregnant asylum-seeking and refugee women and helping to address difficulties that they may face. Befriending
- Evaluation of a family health programme which was established in an initial accommodation centre (IAC) in northern England, by trained volunteers who were refugees and therefore peers.MIDIRS
- A study aiming to identify difficulties midwives experience when communicating with non-English-speaking women and exploring the feasibility of using mobile devices with a translation app to communicate in clinical practice.Mobile translation article
- The first of three parts examining dominant discourses that influenced the perceptions of a group of midwifery students’ about pregnant asylum seeking women. NET article part 1
- The second of three parts exploring midwifery students’ perceptions of how to approach the care of pregnant women seeking asylum. NET article part 2
- The final part of three describing the development of ‘The Pregnant Woman Within the Global Context’ modelNET article part 3
- An evaluation of the cost effectiveness of the Leeds based Health Befriending Network which was a 3 year project undertaken by the Refugee Council.The health befriending network report
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