Pregnancy Outreach Workers

Please note: the Gateway Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service was decommissioned at the beginning of January 2018 and is no longer accepting referrals.

The Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service has been consumed into Birmingham’s new Early Years Health and Wellbeing service, and our POWs have been transferred to new roles with Barnardo’s, Spurgeons Children’s Charity, St Paul’s Community Development Trust and Springfield Project.

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

POWS primarily supported pregnant women with a low medical risk and high social risk. Our Pregnancy Outreach Workers had real life experience of issues that affected the women they helped, because they understood their local communities.

Pregnancy Outreach Workers dealt 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 was there for mum.

POWs worked throughout the city, particularly within communities that are hard to reach because of social, cultural or economic barriers.  Their support worked and saved Birmingham money. To find out more, read what happened 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 it showed clear statistical evidence of benefit to the women we supported, particularly with regards to their mental health.

Referrals

Please note: the Gateway Pregnancy Outreach Workers Service was decommissioned at the beginning of January 2018 and is no longer accepting referrals.

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)