Date & Time
Tuesday, October 25, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
448 Inconsistent Interactions Between Pregnant Women and Custody Staff*

This unique research involved in-depth interviews with 18 pregnant or postpartum women to explore women’s interactions with prison officers during pregnancy, labor, and birth. The findings suggest inconsistent interactions, with officers serving as gatekeepers and/or advocates. Women reported dehumanizing behaviors, yet they also experienced compassion, especially in the delivery room. The findings have implications for training in trauma-informed care, clear expectations for prison officers, and consideration of doula programs. This presentation is based on the paper that won the 2021 Editor's Choice award for the best paper in the Journal of Correctional Health Care by a woman in science.

Educational Objectives

  • Review the purpose and methods of this research study
  • Evaluate the study findings concerning inconsistent interactions between pregnant women and prison officers
  • Discuss policy and practice implications of the study findings

Level Intermediate