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Mothers in immigration detention: the most vulnerable and the hardest to reach

Phoebe Pallotti and Morag Forbes are two experienced midwives who volunteered for a charity that works for the health rights of people in immigration detention. They both have other experience of this client group and they both hold diplomas in Tropical Midwifery. Over more than three years, Phoebe and Morag have been visiting and calling on pregnant women in immigration detention, most often in the infamous detention centre, Yarl’s Wood, in Bedfordshire, where a recent Channel Four documentary was secretly filmed. The centre has a small health care facility, but there are no midwifery staff employed there, though women were often referred to the local maternity unit. This article explores the situations of the pregnant women who are detained in the UK and considers how they may better be supported.
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Midwifery support for asylum seekers and refugees

This module covers some of the considerations necessary to provide holistic, sensitive and woman-centred midwifery care for women who are seeking asylum or who have refugee status. As well as providing a brief overview of the potential additional psychological and physical needs of women seeking asylum, the module also covers their basic legal and health-related rights to help you support them to access the resources they need.Read more

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