Birth Companions is a small charity that supports women experiencing multiple disadvantage through the perinatal period in the community across London and currently in three different prisons. We aim to address some of the many health and social inequalities facing the communities we work with and, in doing so, improve the outcomes of our service-users and their children. We believe that no woman should be isolated or unsupported during this crucial transition.
Through the work of our staff and trained volunteers we offer practical and emotional support before, during and after birth. We work in a woman-centred way that is trauma-informed, flexible, non-judgemental and mindful, basing our support on what a woman tells us she needs.
The Coordinator: Community Antenatal Services will be involved in delivering all aspects of our targeted antenatal course model in the community, supporting some of the most vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers in London. The post-holder will be involved in the assessment of new referrals and maintaining appropriate partnership working with key referrers and relevant agencies. The role also includes coordination and support of paid sessional workers and volunteers who help to deliver the classes.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to temporarily suspend all of our classes and face to face support of women, and we have adapted our community services to provide remote support for women using phone, email and post.
There is still uncertainty about how COVID-19 will continue to affect our services. The way that the post holder will be asked to deliver our service will also depend on-going restrictions and guidelines issued by the Government.
We are therefore looking to recruit someone who is able to work in a flexible and creative way to support women through this challenging time.
This role is exempt from the sexual discrimination act 1975 as the post requires working closely with women. Only female applicants will be considered.
Birth Companions is committed to increasing the diversity of our staff team.
Currently women from Black, Asian and other ethnic groups who experience racism in our society are under-represented in the team and we therefore particularly welcome candidates from these communities. We will be using positive action under the Equality Act 2010 to appoint a candidate who is Black, Asian or from any other minoritised ethnic community if two candidates are equally qualified.