Development of an educational/support group for pregnant women in prison.
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It is estimated that 6-10% of women are pregnant when they enter the prison system. The majority have had little, if any, prenatal care and/or childbirth education. Given economic constraints, the educational and support needs of this population are often not met. In response to these needs, an educational/support group was developed and led by a social worker, a mental health clinical nurse specialist, and a nurse midwife in a women's correctional facility in the Northeast. Women in various stages of pregnancy and early postpartum voluntarily attended. The need for education and psychosocial support was overwhelming. This group fostered a safe space for women to discuss real-life issues in a supportive environment. Meeting the educational and support needs of incarcerated women is paramount.
Journal of forensic nursing
Ferszt, Ginette G., and Debra A. Erickson-Owens. "Development of an educational/support group for pregnant women in prison.." Journal of forensic nursing 4, 2 (2008): 55-60. doi:10.1111/j.1939-3938.2008.00010.x.