Motherhood Beyond Bars: An initiative among pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women in Georga
Motherhood Beyond Bars is an initiative that provides education in health during pregnancy, childbirth, bonding, parenting, family planning, and transitioning from prison to the community for pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women. In order to address the issues mentioned above, Motherhood Beyond Bars created three programs: prenatal yoga, Mothering from the Start, and Healthy New Mothers. Mothering from the Start is a childbirth education intervention, while Healthy New Mothers is a postpartum health education and support intervention. Monitoring activities through pre-program and post-program surveys administered to program participants suggest a high level of participant satisfaction. Among participants who completed at least half of the Healthy New Mothers program, 100% reported being satisfied with the course. Similarly, 100% of participants in Mothering from the Start reported that the class sessions were helpful.
Correctional systems have a unique opportunity to improve not only the health of incarcerated women, but also their infants and, in turn, their families. By investing in the health and well-being of such vulnerable populations, states have the potential to improve their overall maternal and child health indicators.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Social and behavioral sciences
Assess the needs of pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women in the state of Georgia. Implement an evidence-based educational program among pregnant and postpartum incarcerated women in the state of Georgia.
Keyword(s): Women's Health, Behavioral Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a student at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, and program coordinator of Motherhood Beyond Bars.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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