Antenatal classes on zoom for asylum seekers and refugees

Rose McCarthy is project manager from the Refugee council working with pregnant asylum seeking and refugee mums. The antenatal classes which used to run at Bankside children's centre have now be accessed via Zoom since lockdown. We asked Rose how this has been received and how they overcame barriers to communication.

Rose said since lockdown the biggest challenge has been keeping pregnant women connected and updated on health advice and guidance throughout the Covid -19 pandemic. They have been able to keep communication with women through topping up their phone credit £20 per month. The antenatal classes have been a success on Zoom now thanks to Rose keeping the group going every week. The classes are a drop in rolling program so women can attend at any stage of their pregnancy. It is client led where each session women suggest ideas for how they want to the class to go, for instance it might covering pregnancy and birth, parenting, copying with stress and learning about their rights about giving birth.

Due to the situation women can access the antenatal group from anywhere in the region - travel is not a barrier anymore. Some mums have become volunteers which helps Rose with interpreting.

The group runs every Tuesday from 12.45 - 2.30pm Meeting ID: 448498158 no passcode required.


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