Pregnant women’s experiences in prison

This webinar presents observations about the prison environment and systems, and findings from interviews with women who are currently in prison and those who have experienced birthing their babies whilst in detention. This research is being carried out at the University of Hertfordshire covering prisons in England and is an opportunity to explore the role of the midwife caring for childbearing women in prison which can be multifaceted and emotionally demanding.

Laura Abbott is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Hertfordshire and completing a professional doctorate looking at the experience of pregnant women in prison. She has trained as a Birth Companion and volunteers with the charity facilitating pregnancy groups in prison and supports women giving birth and in the post-natal period. Laura was awarded The Jean Davies 2014 Iolanthe Midwifery Trust and RCM award for her inequality work with women.

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