Pregnancy Outreach Workers

Our Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service (POWS) works alongside other health and social care services in Birmingham to support pregnant women and to reduce factors that can cause infant mortality.

POWS primarily supports pregnant women with a low medical risk and high social risk. Our Pregnancy Outreach Workers have real life experience of issues that can affect the women they help, because they understand their local communities.

Pregnancy Outreach Workers deal with issues including teenage pregnancy, temporary accommodation, homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse, offending, newly arrived communities, mental health and safeguarding. When other services are (quite rightly) focusing on the child, POWS is there for mum.

POWs work throughout the city, particularly within communities that are hard to reach because of social, cultural or economic barriers.  Their support works and saves Birmingham money. To find out more, read what happens on an average day in our blog post 24 hours in POWS.

In 2016, a group of researchers at the University of Birmingham, funded by CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Research and Care) West Midlands, published their findings from a clinical study into the POW service – and we’re very pleased to note that it shows clear statistical evidence of benefit to the women we support, particularly with regards to their mental health.

Referrals

If you would like to refer yourself or someone else to the service please call 0121 456 7820 and ask for the Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service, or e-mail michelle.bluck@gatewayfs.org. The full list of referral criteria is below:

Vulnerable adult
Safeguarded child
Meets Think/Troubled Family criteria
Recent offender (engaging with probation)
Unsupported teen
Homeless
Temporary Accommodation
Domestic abuse
Diagnosed mental health condition
Short term mental health condition
Alcohol misuse
Substance misuse
Recent arrival to UK (within the last 12 months)