Birth Behind Bars: The Need for Labor Support in the Incarcerated Population

Carly M. Dahl, Julia M. Geynisman-Tan, Ashish Premkumar

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The population of women within carceral systems is growing rapidly. A portion of these individuals are pregnant and will deliver while incarcerated. Although shackling laws for pregnant persons have improved, incarcerated patients are forced to labor without the support of anyone but a carceral officer and their medical staff. We believe access to continuous labor support is critical for all pregnant persons. Carceral systems and their affiliated hospitals have the opportunity to change policies to reflect that continuous labor support is a basic human right and should be permitted for incarcerated pregnant persons in labor, either through a doula program or a selected person of choice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1039
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and gynecology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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