Currently 6 -7% of the female prison population in England and Wales are pregnant (Ministry of Justice, 2015). There is little known about the experiences of pregnant women in prison. Pregnant women in prison have a right to equivalence of healthcare, however the needs of incarcerated women are unique. Having a greater understanding of these needs enables midwives to provide a high standard of care to women who may have a multitude of complex needs.The following section, presented over two pages, will enable you to: gain knowledge of the reality of being a pregnant woman in prison and understand her unique needs.
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