Specialist Midwifery Service for Asylum Seekers and Refugees
In 2005 Saint Mary's Hospital set up a midwifery service for
asylum seekers and refugees. It is one of the few services in the
UK solely dedicated to providing maternity care for this client
group. In 2007 the service received national recognition winning
the All Party Parliamentary Report for Maternity Services in the
category for vulnerable women.
What does the service provide?
The aim of the service is to improve access to maternity care by
developing an integrated service that meets the immediate health
needs of asylum seekers, supports transitions following decisions
about refugee status and ensures that health services are used
The Refugee Midwife provides routine antenatal care, social
support and signposts clients to cultural networks in the
The service also runs a drop in service Monday - Thursday,
12.30-1.30 pm in antenatal clinic at Saint Mary's
How can women access the clinic?
Charity groups/health professionals may refer by contacting the
Specialist Midwife for Refugees, Sandra Cahill, on (0161)
701 0439 or e-mail