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Pregnancy and New Motherhood in Prison

By Lucy Baldwin and Laura Abbott

Published

Apr 1, 2023

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447363385

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Apr 1, 2023

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447363392

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Pregnancy and New Motherhood in Prison

In the context of the recent and tragic deaths of two babies born to mothers in prison, the impact of imprisoning pregnant women is now a critical issue for society. This timely book addresses an overlooked area of criminal justice by focusing on the experience – both physical and mental – of pregnancy, birth and/or separation, and new motherhood in prison.

Based on the lived realities of mothers speaking in and after prison, it passionately argues the case for minimising harm. Featuring recommendations for improving practice, the book is key reading for criminology and midwifery students and researchers as well as policy makers and practitioners.

Lucy Baldwin is a Senior Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University.

Laura Abbott is a Lecturer at the School of Health and Social Work, University of Hertfordshire.

Introduction

Part One: Context and Landscape of Women and Criminal Justice

Part Two: Underpinning Research, Methods and the Mothers

How We Came To Be Here: 100 Years of Criminalised Motherhood

The Process of Incarcerating Motherhood

Motherhood Confined

Life in a Goldfish Bowl

The Persisting Pain of Incarcerated Pregnancy

A Better Way: Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations