Birthing partner service expanded across England

An award-winning doula service which provides support to pregnant vulnerable women has received £270,000 government funding to provide the service in eight more locations.

Alan Johnson and the Goodwin Volunteer Doula Service
Alan Johnson and the Goodwin Volunteer Doula Service

Since it was started three years ago the Goodwin Volunteer Doula Service, based in Hull, has helped nearly 200 women and their children.

The service, operated by the social charity the Goodwin Development Trust, trains volunteers to be doulas or birthing partners for women across Hull who have little or inadequate support through the later stages of pregnancy, birth and for six weeks postnatally.

Health secretary Alan Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston Upon Hull West and Hessle, said: ‘The DoH recognises that the pioneering work that has been started in Hull with volunteer doulas has excellent potential to be developed in other parts of the country.’

The location of the eight new areas in England has not been revealed.

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