The reality of being a pregnant woman in Yarl’s Wood

Originally published at The Pool: Lucy was 23 when she fell pregnant, following a brutal gang rape by three men in her home country. After receiving threats on her life, she fled to the UK, believing she would be safe here – only to find herself locked up in Yarl’s Wood detention centre at five […]

“Detention is no place for pregnant women”

Originally published as a guest post at mumsnet.com: Lucy* was 23 when she fell pregnant as a result of brutal sexual violence. Her mother bought her a plane ticket to the UK, thinking she and her baby would be safe here – but she was detained straight from the airport. She arrived frightened, alone and […]

Tommy’s launches #TalkToSomeone campaign on mental health during pregnancy

Pregnancy and baby charity Tommy’s last week launched an important campaign on mental health during pregnancy, with the goal of raising awareness of ante-natal depression and anxiety – conditions that are far less commonly discussed than post-natal depression. According to Tommy’s 10-15 per cent of all pregnant women struggle with mental health problems, most commonly depression […]