Incarcerated Pregnant Women : Maternity Care For Women

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Hailey Lopez Police Operations Professor Hurd January 11, 2016 Incarcerated Pregnant Women Maternity care for women in prison has not been respectable. Prison health care is undergoing a modernization program with a requirement that prisoners receive health care to the same standard as those not imprisoned. An article written by Sally Price describes the findings of a research study into the maternity services for women in prison. She provides a background to the project and describes the pregnant prison population and the current services available to them. What is evident from the findings is that the standard of care for women in prison is variable, dependent upon the establishment in which they reside. Two different studies showed results involving the incarcerated pregnant woman. The first study questioned wardens about the services open to the pregnant woman. The second study attempted to find a correlation between births and prison and the weight of the baby. Woman are the fastest growing group of individuals currently incarcerated. Over the past couple of years, the number of woman incarcerated is 6 times the amount of that in the past. The ages used to vary more with incarcerated woman however, nowadays there seems to be a younger population of females entering jails and prisons. The most common age group they see coming in and out of jail and prions are between 24 and 35 years old. This is becoming a growing problem that most women entering are under the age of 35 years old. Since the jail and prison population has become younger, more and more females are pregnant when incarcerated. However, reporting and testing these women is not mandatory in all facilities so the numbers are likely to be much higher than reported... ... middle of paper ... ... bad in and of itself but being strapped down is not humane. A women suffers a lot of pain during the process and should be able to move freely. An officer at their side at all times should be more than enough protection for the nonviolent woman. If the woman is violent, doing extra to protect the public from the possibly of an escape is a smart idea. Tere is a cycle that should be stopped. Often, when these woman give birth to these children, they are not allowed to breastfeed and therefore never bond with their child. Many researchers will say how crucial that is for an infant. Lastly, most of these women have no one to care for these children. They either end up in foster care or with family members who do not actually care for them. They grow up in a broken home (similar to the incarcerated birth mother) and turn to a life of crime thus, keeping the cycle going.
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