10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pregnancy in Prison

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Imagine finding out you are pregnant, but instead of shopping excitedly for stretchy jeans and cute maternity outfits, you found yourself sporting a very different type of pregnancy style…


According to the American Journal of Public Health, between 6 and 10 percent of incarcerated women are pregnant; in one year alone, 1,400 women gave birth while incarcerated in the United States.

So just what exactly is it like to be a pregnant prisoner?

Let’s take a look…

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1. Some may not even realize that they are pregnant.

Kebby Warner is a 25-year-old married prisoner in Michigan who was imprisoned for littering and passing a $350 stolen check. She writes, “My first month in prison was spent being sick. I was told by health care that my ‘illness’ was caused by stomach flu and that my other ‘symptoms’ were caused by stress. The day after I was released from quarantine, I was called to health care and informed that my ‘illness’ wasn’t stomach flu, but that I was pregnant. Putting the dates together I had conceived my baby the night before I was sentenced to prison.”


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2. They have to wear “belly chains.”

Warner, who has Type 1 diabetes, had to be treated at a local hospital during the duration of her high-risk pregnancy. Each time she left, she describes the “period of humiliation” she had to endure when she was strip-searched and placed in belly chains and handcuffs for the duration of each and every doctor’s appointment.

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3. There is a “pregnancy” unit in prison. 

Warner was moved to a special pregnancy unit of her prison, where about 20 other women were incarcerated. “It made me wonder of the cold-heartedness of the judges, who would send pregnant women to prison, when there are other alternatives to incarceration,” she writes. 

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4. They go through childbirth classes. 

Warner, who found out later in her pregnancy that she was actually expecting twins, took childbirth education classes with the rest of the pregnant prisoners. She explained that they had group therapy sessions in Parenting, Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, Prenatal Care, Childbirth, and Postpartum. A childbirth educator also came to the hospital after delivery to check on the women.


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5. They have to labor alone. 

“During the labor, no one is allowed in the delivery room,” Warner writes. “My family didn’t even know I was in labor or had her until after I left the hospital.” In addition to being forced to labor without a support person present, Warner’s entire labor and delivery was also monitored the entire time by prison guards. 

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 6. They are handcuffed after giving birth. 

“Thirty minutes after giving birth, I was once again handcuffed and chained, and wheeled to another floor,” Warner wrote. Can you imagine trying to hold or nurse a baby with handcuffs and chains on? 

According to the website and movement Women in Prison, 46 states have no legislation that restricts the shackling of pregnant women in prisons, jails, and detention centers, leaving the practice to the discretion of individual facilities. Illinois, California, Vermont, and New Mexico prohibit it entirely,although, apparently, it still does occur. 


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7. They have 24 hours with their baby. 

In most states, the law maintains that a woman with a vaginal birth must be out of the hospital at 24 hours after delivery. 

“I’ve seen the state of other women who have come back lost after giving birth,” Warner wrote. “In a total state of shock and confusion. One woman I know turned to pills, getting high by taking others’ psychotropic drugs. She walked around the unit like a zombie, trying to dull the pain from the separation of her child. One night she OD’d on these pills, was rushed to the hospital, lucky to have survived. She was then taken to segregation and placed on suicide watch. It was so hard seeing her like that. At that time I wondered how I would feel after I had to leave my baby. I used to lay on my bunk at night feeling her more, talking to her or reading a children’s book I found in the library. I couldn’t imagine the day I wouldn’t feel her more or couldn’t talk to her anymore. When that day came, I was desperate.”

Warner was so desperate to stay with her baby, in fact, that she refused to eat, a move that bought her three extra days with her baby. 

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8. They can lose their baby.

Even if women in prison finish their time, they are at risk of losing their children if their time exceeds more than two years. After two years, most states maintain that a mother will lose all parental rights. 


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9. They can breastfeed.

Although it’s not very likely, it is possible for prisoners to breastfeed, if the prison is nearby the child’s place of residence and the fostering or adopting family is willing to cooperate by picking up frozen breast milk.

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10. They are more at risk for postpartum mental disorders.

The combination of being separated from their babies, the severe isolation, and the poor physical care during the pregnancy and postpartum periods place new mothers at an increased risk for mental disorders following birth, including postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.

What do you think? Should women who become pregnant or are already pregnant be forced to become prisoners or should other options be made available? 

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pregnancy in Prison

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Mona Mona says:

    I heard that in prisons, one cannot even hug a family member. But, the friend of your impregnate prisoner woman started taking pills, what for? She will not get a penetration from a male counterpart, right? Or they do have sex in prisons?

  2. Profile photo of Cody Cody says:

    I found this article extremely interesting. While in this woman’s case for littering and a bad check there could have been some other alternative for her. That seem harsh for such a petty crime. What about a more heinous crime, like murder? Armed robbery? Drug smuggling? At that point no you give up your rights of being a mom because you made extremely poor choices. I grew up with an alcoholic, drug addict mom, maybe if she had spent more time in a cell it would have cleaned her up. I feel for these women when it comes to PPD. I had it too but that doesn’t mean they get off Scott free. I guess we should make exceptions for women who have kids already too?

  3. There absolutely need to be a alternative for women who come in already knowing there having a baby or find out in jail/prison. I don’t care what crime they commided. That baby needs there mother. There should be a classes they must take and be willing to do whatever they can to help them be a better parent, but they deserve to enjoy there baby bump and not have to worry because stress is not good on them or the baby. Women jails and prisons should at the least have a special unit and should be feed better then what they feed you while in there. That should be one of the rules healthy eating and parenting classes. Again that unborn baby did not ask for this and our children our our future. I read and see on the news people dying in jails and prisons because of withdraw from drugs, not giving there meds and a lot of time no one knows why. Women barring a child should not be with general population they should be placed with other women who are pregnant and be in a safe environment. This issue needs to be addressed big time and ALL WONEM LOCKED UP SHOULD BE GIVING A CHANCE TO BE A MOTHER. Don’t get me wrong some crimes varey but if they are not danger to others there case and sentence should start with the judge. Then if finding out while in prison women should be taken to the judge for finding a safe place for them. This issue is something I would love help to address to insure that our womens jails and prisons are doing something about this. I have so much more I would like to say but somehow us women need to come together and help with this issue.

  4. Profile photo of Barbara Barbara says:

    My grandsons girlfriend got mad at my grandson because he found little bottles of hard liquor that she had hid they were all empty. He had been out of town working all week and she`s 8 mos. pregnant. He had caught her drinking before but he thought she had stopped anyway they had a fight over her drinking and being pregnant. S he got mad took off in the car and stopped got booze and 4 hrs. later she passed out while driving and hit a hummer in the rear . The driver lost control went over a 100 ft. embankment flipped over crushed the passenger side of the car and came to rest on a big boulder killing the passenger and critically injuring the driver and hurting two women who was in the back seats.The CHP arrested her and now they have charged her with 2 felony DUIs, vehicular man slaughter and driving on suspended license due to her DUI she got in 2015. The
    paper said to day that the D.A. may amend the charge to murder. She was arraigned today. Anyway what happens to babies when born in prison under these circumstances?

    • Profile photo of Megan KlayEditor Megan Klay says:

      Oh goodness, Barbara. I’m so sorry to hear your family is having to deal with this! I highly recommend you contact the charging officers, attorneys involved, jail/prison where she is to be placed, etc. until you are able get an answer about what will happen with the baby. I sincerely hope that your great grandchild is well. Best wishes to you and your family!

  5. Profile photo of Reo Reo says:

    You know it doesn’t matter how you feel about what the mom did/didn’t do or the severity of said crime. What is important is the baby’s well being in the end. One of the biggest recommendations is that if at all possible a mother should breast feed her baby for at least six months. This provides not only some bonding and nurturing time between mom and baby, but also helps the baby’s immune system and gives them a better chance for a healthy future. If there’s already a special ward designated for pregnant women why not just branch it out to include pregnant and mothers of babies recently born. It would also be a great chance to help educate these moms about options they have once out of prison for taking care of themselves and their young child. It has the potential to help in so many ways, plus there could be an evaluation period where moms with low risk crimes have the opportunity to be released into home arrest or safe houses instead. There’s a lot of options here, and what needs to be considered first and foremost is what’s best for the baby. Yeah sometimes it isn’t always the best option for the baby to be with the mom, but more often than not it is a good thing. Not every mom in the prison system is a serial killer, child abuser, or hard core drug addict that could potentially endanger the baby.

  6. Profile photo of Loni Loni says:

    I have worked with incarcerated parents through my job. I want to point out that often the children are with a caring father or family member rather than foster care. In the situations where the children were in foster care, both parents were struggling with ongoing crime issues, such as drug use/sales and sometimes did lose their children for repeated poor choices that spanned across years. In that case, the children need to be with someone who can care for consistently. Hopefully a family member, but if that is not possible, than yes, foster care/adoption.

  7. Profile photo of mellisa mellisa says:

    my daughter is pregnant and in jail.

  8. Profile photo of Tammy Tammy says:

    Okay This is my situation for the 1st impression dont know shit judgers , I am currently 37 weeks pregnant , I ve been falsley imprisoned in jail while while pregnant and placed in isolation due to be so far along , In the midist of this chaos and devestating experience I witnessed a pregnant women in my room who was treated like scum, ignored , and even yelled at for asking for hydrocortisone cream , I understand a jail isnt going to make you feel at home ,but for full term pregnant women that made wrong choices Before they even knew they were pregnant shouldnt be automatically judged as a pos mother to be , I was accused of a felony hit and run which i was never involved in and fighting the charges as i am innocent , all my charges were literally gathered from heresay ….yes …heresay …Never in my life have i been involved in a crash but because I drive a beat up pt cruiser that fit the description a month and half later after crash …a relative pointed out my car of the victim sent to police …just assuming cause they could find person responsible … I am inncocent and will maintain my inncocence ..others say you want to accept there offer even so because if you loose trial the punishment will be worse …well Im not admitting to a crime i didnt commit ! Sadly i cant afford a lawyer but I certainly will excercise my right to prove my innocence.

  9. Profile photo of Chris Chris says:

    The one thing I cannot understand is so many people want the women to keep the child in the prison. To me, this is absolute lunacy. Why would you want a child to be in a prison surrounded by women of questionable decision making and morals? These women are murderers, addicts, drug dealers, thieves, cons.

    If they have family that is willing to take the child, release the child to them. If the inmate has a short sentence, less than 5 years, and no family, foster the child with required visitation so that the child knows its mother when she is released and assumes parenting.

    I also think the prisons should allow one to two support personnel during the labor. There is no reason not to do this as the prison can screen the personnel. The only issue I see is that you never truly know when labor is going to start and the support personnel may not make it in time.

    I don’t have a lot of sympathy for the women who were pregnant and committed the crimes. I have some for those, like the person in the article, who did not know they were pregnant upon entering.

  10. Profile photo of Hannah Hannah says:

    I’m going to comment on this having been a young woman who experienced firsthand being incarcerated at a state correctional facility while pregnant with my first child. I am 23 years old, in recovery from drug addiction (been clean almost 2 years), and was arrested for drug charges when I was barely 18 years old. I was sentenced to 1-3 years in a New York State correctional facility. It was my first and only felony, with only one prior arrest. I spent the first year in prison, and then was released on parole due to good behavior and completing all my required programs. Unfortunately, due to the fact that my mother had moved out of state, my home address was not approved and I was placed into a shelter and while searching for employment, I was on social services and really struggling to stay clean and sober. I had one relapse, and my parole officer violated my parole and I was sent back to county jail and then was transferred to state prison. I found out I was pregnant, and luckily my now fiance and child’s father was very supportive and stuck with me through everything. While in county jail, I was housed with the general population, so there was no separation between pregnant and not pregnant inmates. There were several fights that actually broke out between the women that involved a pregnant woman, and she wasn’t even taken to the hospital to check on her or the safety or wellbeing of her baby. I was refused a vegetarian diet (even though i have been vegetarian my whole life), and when i explained this to the Dr. I was told that I had to deal with it, that I would not be allowed Ensure or a special diet- even though other inmates were afforded such things. I have a seizure disorder and not once did I see a neurologist or a doctor for my condition. When i went before the parole board, I was placed in waistchains (which is illegal in NY) and shackles. When I was around 20 weeks, I was told that i was going to have a fetal anatomy scan to make sure everything was okay with my baby, and yet it never happened. It was just a very stressful, lonely, scary situation especially it being my first pregnancy. When I was transferred to prison, I was seen by a high-risk OBGYN every 2 weeks. I was still kept in general population, however the pregnant inmates wear different clothing than the rest of the inmates so in case of any fights or medical emergencies they can be easily identified. There were about 15 other pregnant women there, and we all shared a comraderie which helped ease a lot of the day to day anxiety. Still, I waited 2 months before seeing a neurologist and only saw one after i suffered a seizure. One of the worst times I had there was when I finally had an ultrasound and was not allowed to see the screen, was not allowed to know the sex of my baby, or even if things looked okay or not. It was heartbreaking. Despite all that, I can say that my experience in Bedford Hills wasn’t terrible, it was just really hard being away from my family and my fiance, and it was hard for him too not being able to have an active role in my prenatal care. I was fortunate enough to have been released before my baby was born, but for the mothers that have time to do, the fact that they are able to spend at least the first year in the nursery with their baby is a god send, and a wonderful opportunity that they are very thankful for. I know and have done time with the women who kept their babies and although they may have messed up and made mistakes in their past, that doesn’t change that they love and are doing the right thing for their children NOW. By the way, they go through a long screening process to be able to be let in to the nursery program, so women who have serious violent crimes, sex offenses, or any history of child abuse or neglect are not candidates for the program. The women are mothers before they are inmates; they love, care for, and bond with their children and many of them go on to finish their GED’s, or take college classes because even though they are in prison, they learn that they are more than what they thought they ever could be and they have something to live and be a better person for; their children.

  11. Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I think that incarcerated pregnant women should be treated with better prenatal care, labor and delivery, and also postpartum period. I think incarcerated pregnant women should be allowed to keep their baby/babies with them while finishing their time out. It’s against what the good Lord up above created for this earth. It’s nothing but Satan taking control of this earth and destroying what God made. And in my opinion, we in this world should not have police, jails and prisons in general.We should NOT even have laws except the ones in the Holy Bible and that’s it. People this day in time need to obey the 10 COMMANDMENTS in the Bible, not laws that man or humans make up.

  12. Profile photo of Ashley Ashley says:

    Most states now have laws that no restraints are used during an Offenders time in prison. The fact that they can’t have family in the room is for security reasons for staff of the hospital, staff of the prison and safety for the offender. If you look at some states they is not a pregnancy unit. I have seen violent and dangerous offenders with no restraints but extra precautions were taken.

  13. Profile photo of Dayzee Dayzee says:

    It depends on the state. I’ve taught Domestic Violence prevention in the prison system. There are women’s prisons who allow the baby to stay with mom for the first 18 months of life, providing parenting classes, etc. All good ideas and I’ve seen women who turned their lives around because they weren’t separated from their newborn.
    By the way, for those making judgment calls-85% of incarcerated women were sexually abused as children. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize there is a connection.

  14. Profile photo of danielle danielle says:

    The article below makes some great points as an alternative to just taking those babies away from their mothers and I thought I would share. On another note.. We are all entitled to our own opinions but the way some of you attack others who don’t agree with or share the same opinion as yourself is immature. Those of you with the mindset of ‘you do the crime, you pay the time,’ obviously we are all aware of the fact that our actions, good or bad, come with consequences. But it’s not like these woman intentionally got pregnant before deciding to break the law. Sometimes a lapse in judgment, last minute decision, makes people do things completely out of character. I began researching this topic because I have a cousin who recently gave birth in prison and had her daughter taken from her only hours later. These woman aren’t asking for ‘special treatment.’ Really I wouldn’t even think they are thinking of themselves at all. The first 2 years of a child’s life are the most important for developing that bond. More than likely, the kids who get put into the system or taken away are probably more prone to living a life of crime. The mother would also be more likely to stay away from that lifestyle if some thing were changed to be sure that the mothers and babies stay together. We are only human and everyone deserves a chance or even a second chance at turning their lives around.


  15. Profile photo of AJ12345 AJ12345 says:

    You do the crime you pay the time. The only thing I do not agree with is the loss of the parental rights. Other than that, why do you deserve special treatment for committing the same crime a man committed because you are pregnant? They give you special wards in the prison and a number of services that pregnant women who aren’t supported by tax payers as a result of their own f*** ups can’t get/afford. You wanted equality and you have it – both positive and negative. Nothing in this article is inhumane and you have serious entitlement issues.

  16. Profile photo of Angharad Angharad says:

    You missed one, but that’s only because prisons work overtime to keep this one quiet.

    A LOT of prisoners are shackled to the bed while in labor. Some are handcuffed by one hand to the bed; some are handcuffed with both. There have been cases where some REALLY kindhearted (/sarcasm) have had an ankle or two cuffed to the stirrups once the pushing stage was entered. A lot of these women weren’t in a supermax, and hadn’t been convicted of a violent crime; some of them were doing a few months for a bad check.

    Even though any convict in labor has a corrections officer sitting outside the L&D room to only allow those who are have been okayed by the prison to be admitted, these women aren’t even allowed the comfort of being able to change positions or walk within their room to handle the pain. Some are denied pain control (especially if they were convicted of a drugs charge), and a few are even given epidurals against their wishes so that they literally cannot make a run for it.

    It’s inhuman.

  17. I think , As long as they aren’t endangering there own child , there should be other options available to the women who are pregnant and incarcerated. I also think there should be able to keep there babies after they give birth. If this was allowed the suicide rate for those women would probably go down significantly.

  18. Profile photo of Kristal Kristal says:

    SMH… I don’t think passing judgement on these women is ANY of our business. What I do believe is that that should be treated gracefully. In most other countries pregnant “offenders” get to keep their babies with them in a special part of the prison. I believe that these women should get to keep their babies with them in such a manner. Maybe a half-way house for those that are low risk and for those with more serious offenses than they should still be able to keep their babies for up to a couple years in a special “mom and baby” part of the prison. I believe that the mother’s behavior while incarcerated should be taken into consideration and get some time cut off for taking classes and good conduct. The United States penal system is insanely overpopulated. MOST of these people NEED mental health care, or substance abuse treatment but that isn’t how our government likes to operate. Throw them in a cell and cost the taxpayers billions…there are other options, like helping those that need it, not just locking them up. These moms deserve a chance, not to mention their child needs them. They’d be watched over carefully and the ones deemed unfit should have to face the consequences(not being able to have their child with them…). I will always choose to approach the judgement of others with compassion, grace and love-just like Christ. I choose not to ride a high horse, I am God’s child just like ANY of these women and God bless them.

  19. Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I could have easily gone to prison for things I was doing but the second I found out I was pregnant my life changed. Been drug free for the last 13 years and have 3 boys that are my world. Some people may not change but some will. I have full custody and placement of my oldest 2 one 50/50 of my youngest, they’re in Scouts and we do many fun family activities. If I would have went to prison and lost my children, they would be missing out on the life that I was willing to give them. Life was no longer about me and having fun, I had a baby to be concerned about and I didn’t think twice about changing. The mentality of a young single person is different than that of a true “mother.” Not everyone is meant to be a mother and giving birth does not make them a mother but they should be given the option to do right if it’s their first child. If they already have children then they obviously don’t put their children first and it’s different.

  20. Profile photo of Kiersten Kiersten says:

    I feel that if our system looked more at the infants health (aside from the mothers) and the statistics of the mother infant bond in the first, lets say week of life, they might view things differently. Instead of focusing on the prisoner, let’s focus our attention on the newborn and the CRITICAL bonding and attachment period that is supposed to happen. Mothers absolutely need to be allowed more access to their newborn if not for anything else but the child’s sake.
    There are so many immediate chemical, physiological and emotional connections that are critical for the newborns brain to develop in a healthy way. Statistics show that if the baby does not receive this it hinders their attachment for the rest of their life! How sad that because of their mothers choice, the baby has to suffer.

  21. Profile photo of nichole nichole says:

    i agree with the other gals on here. If you are the one doing the crime while pregnant then yes you need to be incarcerated. Yes it stinks that you have to go through all of that but you shouldnt have committed the crime. DONT BE A CRIMINAL WHILE PREGNANT( or any other time really).

  22. Profile photo of Neil Neil says:

    No. I absolutely do not feel that pregnant women should be “forced” to go to prison. The people “forcing” them to commit crimes should stop doing so, immediate- wait, what? These women voluntarily commit crimes? Whilst pregnant? no sir!!! lunacy!

    If you commit a crime that calls for incarceration, yep. You go to prison. You don’t pass go. You don’t collect 200. Instead of pissing and moaning about whether these women should be in jail while pregnant, MAYBE WE SHOULD BE TELLING THEM NOT TO BE CRIMINALS WHILE BEING PREGNANT.

    I’m just saying…

  23. Profile photo of Jayden Jayden says:

    I have no sympathy. If you can’t do the time, DON’T DO THE TIME. It doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant, diabetic, have ADHD, are autistic, are stupid, have had a “bad” childhood, are psychopathic, or whatever. If you commit a crime, be prepared to face the consequences, and, being an adult who is the ONLY PERSON responsible for your actions, act like an adult (not a baby) and deal with the consequences of your actions.

  24. Profile photo of GLENN GLENN says:

    First of all, unless you are a violent offender, you should not be going to prison in the first place. Most citizens who are sent to prison do not belong there. Prisons as designed for violent people. Unfortunately there are people in the United States who believe that people who break laws, any laws, need to go to prison in order to “pay” back society for their misdeeds. WRONG. When someone commits a NON VIOLENT crime especially women who are pregnant need to be given the tools and support systems that will help them to learn from their mistakes and be given an opportunity “make it right” with whom they’ve wronged. For someone to be so calloused as to say something like, “do the crime, do the time”, “you should have thought about that before you had unprotected sex and then committed a crime”. To those people I say, “you are part of the problem”. You should be saying to yourself, “I am so thankful that I have been afforded the grace (unmerited favor) to have never been sent to prison for what I have done in my lifetime. We as a society need to stand up for those who have stumbled by telling the courts and criminal justice system that there is no room in our prisons for non-violent offenders absolutely no room. There are dozens of alternatives that are far more productive. The question that was asked by Ms. Brusie should never had to of been asked. Violent Offenders need to be removed from society until there has been obvious changes. The women who have been convicted of a violent crime and sentenced to prison and are pregnant upon entering, need to be shown respect and gentleness not for the sake of the mother but for the sake of the unborn child who did absolutely nothing wrong to deserve being born in such harsh and hateful conditions. I have no play for anyone who would say otherwise. Thank you for reading what I HAD to say. And may the Paradigm you are currently living in have room for those who have made some mistakes and could use a little help especially if they are pregnant. And to the haters of those who stumble, “stand by” because your life is going to be turned upside down. I promise! G

    • Profile photo of Ruth Ruth says:

      I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about this. Whether or not someone is imprisoned, pregnant or not, MUST depend upon their past record. What if a prisoner is a repeat offender? Is burglary a non-violent crime? So, if you are a chronic burglar, for lack of a better phrase, are we just supposed to give these people a slap on the wrist?

      I’m sorry, but I consider drug offenses to BE violent crimes. Those substances are going into the hands and brains of CHILDREN.

      But to be imprisoned for LITTERING? Passing a bad check? Please.

      Pregnant women should NEVER, EVER be forced to labor alone. They are people, too; no matter what they did that caused them to be incarcerated. Their FAMILIES should be called, and I am quite sure there are plenty of volunteers who would be willing to support these women during the most important time of their lives.

      Pregnant women should ALSO never be placed in belly chains and shackles. There are many other alternatives that are much safer. Also, if they are in the room alone, WHY are they being handcuffed?? WHY should a male prison guard be present as a woman labors??

      No doubt about it, this is something that should be addressed on a federal level. We have a Violence Against Women Act, and it could easily be amended. And if doing such barbaric things to pregnant prisoners isn’t violent, then I don’t know what is.

    • Glenn, I joined this community because of your comment, you did a better job at solving the problem than most elected officials have…. it is a travesty anytime achild has to be born in behind bars . I think it would be in the best interst of all involved to make sure that mother and child has proper pre and post-natal care.

  25. Profile photo of Ashleigh Ashleigh says:

    I agree that you get the punishment from the choices that you make, but on the other hand I would think the state could take a little better prenatal care for these women.