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The morning support group has finished but the French and English speaking African moms are still in the mother-baby area, laughing and chatting and exchanging stories. They don’t want to leave. They’ve made friends, they’re comfortable in an all woman’s space and they want the time to stretch on. Soon the Farsi speakers from Afghanistan and Iran start pouring in for the after lunch group and we direct them to another room so as to not to disturb the Africans....

Creating A Safe Empowered Space for Refugee Mothers and Babies If you were a refugee woman without friends or family in a foreign country with an unknown language and unfamiliar customs and you were pregnant or had an infant, wouldn’t you be happy to find a safe women’s space for mothers and babies? Wouldn’t it be a relief to meet and befriend other mothers, listen to the healthy heartbeat of your unborn child and get help to nurse or feed your baby...

  Thanks to the international NGO, CARE, our pregnant women were gratefully accompanied by an AMURTEL/CARE social worker and Arabic or Farsi interpreter for their exams in the Greek public hospitals in the period between October 2017 and March 2018. Navigating the public hospital system is daunting even for Greeks but overwhelming for many refugee women who don’t know the Greek language or customs. Though AMURTEL offers midwifery care during pregnancy and postpartum, for further medical treatment and for the birth itself,...

Amurtel is excited to announce our newest renovations, unveiled April of 2018 – the Mother-Baby safe space area. Thanks to the sponsorship of Sporty’s International School in Elliniko, our Mother-Baby area has become more cozy and inviting. Upon entering AMURTEL, mothers are welcomed by our staff and find their spot on the comfy couch while they participate in one of our many Women Support Groups, ranging from breastfeeding to co-sleeping, or while they are waiting to see the midwife or the...

6 months have passed and here is a video to celebrate the anniversary of Amurtel's centre in downtown Athens ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfolOC1sb5Y Within the last 6 months, more than 1000 mothers from Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Iran, Algeria, Morocco, Greece and so on, have come to our centre. 61 of these women have given birth and benefited from pre-natal and post-natal care given by our team. Women are coming to us with theirs infants, finding a warm, safe and friendly space. These women and children are...

After weeks of preparation and thanks to your generous help, the AMURTEL Mother-Baby Area in central Athens has opened its doors to refugee mothers and babies. At our new center we will: deliver antenatal and postnatal care to mothers and babies; address the critical needs of infant feeding from birth to two years of age; and provide a safe and relaxing environment for refugee mothers and babies. Midwives and breastfeeding specialists are here every day to assess pregnant women and mothers and...

Former long-term volunteer, Anastasia Shepherd, shares why you should consider volunteering with us. 1. A small, flexible team. Amurtel is an international organization, but the  team in Athens is very small and led by volunteers. While there are some benefits to working with a large organization, like having lots of funding, I have found small organizations like Amurtel are much more flexible and achieve results faster.  The refugee crisis is changing and morphing every day, and with a small team, you can...

In this article from April 2016 (since reposted to this site) the AMURTEL Greece team shares the evolving needs of mothers and babies at Pireaus Port. It’s a hot day at the port, more like June than April. The sea breeze coming in over the water helps cools down the mothers and babies waiting outside our small camper cum Mother-Baby Area. We’re parked outside the port’s stone warehouse, a large windowless building converted into a temporary refugee shelter. Located midway between the...