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Maternity Mates

Do you live in Waltham Forest, Newham or Tower Hamlets?

Maternity Mates are here for you

Maternity Mates are female volunteers trained to provide practical & emotional support during pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of motherhood. We can offer:

  • Support during hospital, GP, antenatal appointments and classes
  • Advice & information on birth choices
  • Information on birth planning & pain relief options
  • Support during labour & birth- contributing to a more positive experience of childbirth
  • Information & support around breastfeeding
  • Information and referrals to specialist groups
  • Introduction to local mother & baby groups


We support pregnant women who do not have a suitable support network, or have specific needs or healthcare issues, such as:

  • Single mums who do not have family or friends to offer support
  • Women new to the UK without access to support from family or friends
  • Women who have had a previous traumatic birth
  • Women currently experiencing domestic or sexual violence
  • Women with substance misuse issues
  • Women affected by mental health issues
  • Women with complex health needs
  • Women who do not have a good command of the English language

Who to contact

Contact Name
Kadiza Yasmin
Contact Position
Waltham Forest Project Co-ordinator
020 7377 8725 ext 654
Women's Health & Family Services

In 2010, WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) developed the pioneering Maternity Mates project to recruit, train and match-up volunteer Maternity Mates with pregnant women in need of extra support in Tower Hamlets. In April 2015, we extended our programme into neighbouring Newham and launched in Waltham Forest in January 2017. Maternity Mates is currently planning to expand into other London boroughs, with the aim of becoming a nationwide service. 

Where to go

The Brady Centre
Hanbury Street
E1 5HU
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