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University of Hertfordshire Symposium – Weston Auditorium, De Havilland Campus

2024-06-14T01:10:54+00:00

This all-day event showcased the range of research projects which have been supported by Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) funding. The Symposium theme this year was “The Power of Stories”.  We believe that storytelling – the sharing of project ideas, content, processes, and achieved impact – is a powerful tool for communicating research findings and engaging with diverse audiences. The annual Symposium will provide a platform for researchers to share their stories and discuss the impact of their work on society. We were able to present our Lost Mother’s Project as a showcase and talk about the work we do collaboratively [...]

University of Hertfordshire Symposium – Weston Auditorium, De Havilland Campus2024-06-14T01:10:54+00:00

LOST MOTHERS Residential Writing Retreat

2024-06-07T00:03:02+00:00

Introduction Birth Companions is a charity supporting pregnant women and new mothers experiencing inequality and disadvantage. In 2018, we formed a lived experience team and through our engagement work, seek to create platforms and opportunities for women to share lived experience. We approach this work in a trauma informed way. Engagement is meticulously planned, mindful, caring, and respectful. In 2022 we joined forces with Dr Laura Abbott and her team at Hertfordshire University to examine how women and professionals involved with the criminal justice system experience enforced separation of newborn babies. The Lost Mothers team is a powerhouse of strong [...]

LOST MOTHERS Residential Writing Retreat2024-06-07T00:03:02+00:00

Afternoon Tea Meet-Up: Lost Mothers’ Christmas get-together

2023-12-16T21:42:48+00:00

Laura from UH and Kate from Birth Companions In the heart of Soho, The Lost Mother’s team recently gathered for an afternoon tea at Cutter and Squidge. This informal meet-up was more than just a casual get-together; it was an opportunity to discuss ongoing projects, exchange gifts, and acknowledge the team's efforts in the Lost Mothers Project. Cutter and Squidge, with its cosy ambiance, provided an ideal setting for our discussions. The menu, featuring an array of cakes and sandwiches, added a lovely touch to the afternoon. Gifts were exchanged among team members and with Birth Companions—a tangible acknowledgment of [...]

Afternoon Tea Meet-Up: Lost Mothers’ Christmas get-together2023-12-16T21:42:48+00:00

Reflecting on a Productive Face-to-Face Workshop with Lost Mothers Team, Birth Companions, and Lived Experience Members

2023-08-11T11:47:34+00:00

It was an exhilarating and productive day as the Lost Mothers Team, Birth Companions, and Lived Experience members gathered for our second face-to-face workshop in the heart of London. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Lankelly Chase https://lankellychase.org.uk/   for providing us with a wonderful space for this important gathering. In this blog post, we share some highlights of the day and express our gratitude to everyone involved. The workshop gave us the rare opportunity to meet face-to-face in London, fostering a sense of connection and unity among the team members. The warm atmosphere was further enhanced by [...]

Reflecting on a Productive Face-to-Face Workshop with Lost Mothers Team, Birth Companions, and Lived Experience Members2023-08-11T11:47:34+00:00

The Lost Mothers Project Welcome three new Research Assistants!

2023-04-25T23:11:55+00:00

The Lost Mothers Project Welcome three new Research Assistants! The Lost Mothers project has expanded its team by welcoming Natalie Avlonitis, Shanice Redwood, and Libby Phillips as new Research Assistants. Each of them brings a distinct background and expertise to the team, which is led by Dr Laura Abbott at the University of Hertfordshire. The project's primary objective is to gain a better understanding of the challenges that women in prison face when separated from their babies and to explore solutions to improve their experiences.   The research team will undertake observations and interviews with women who have spent time [...]

The Lost Mothers Project Welcome three new Research Assistants!2023-04-25T23:11:55+00:00

Our first lived experience team lost mothers’ workshop

2023-04-25T23:12:06+00:00

Our first lived experience team lost mothers’ workshop The very first meeting took place in London on a bright and frosty January day - we started by introducing ourselves and how we met Birth Companions and what Birth Companions meant to us. We introduced the Lost Mothers project and how the Lived Experience Team (LET) was going to be intrinsic to it, with their ownership of the project an essential component. The conversations around the table were open and candid with women who had experience of being separated from their babies or who had gone the through the mother [...]

Our first lived experience team lost mothers’ workshop2023-04-25T23:12:06+00:00

New study aims to shine a light on the experiences of women in prison separated from their babies

2023-02-24T13:06:33+00:00

New study aims to shine a light on the experiences of women in prison separated from their babies A new research study launching this month at the University of Hertfordshire is aiming to advance understanding and offer solutions to improve the experiences of women in prison who are separated from their babies. Dr Laura Abbott, Associate Professor at the University’s School of Health and Social Work, is leading a research team that will undertake observations and interviews with women who have spent time in prison, social workers, midwives, and other decision-makers – to better understand the vulnerabilities of mothers [...]

New study aims to shine a light on the experiences of women in prison separated from their babies2023-02-24T13:06:33+00:00
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