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Becoming a mother in prison

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Original languageEnglish
Article number19
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalThe Practicing Midwife
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


There are around 600 pregnant women incarcerated in one of the 12 prisons in England and Wales each
year and approximately 100-150 babies are born while their mothers are in prison. It is understood that a
significant proportion of these women have complex physical, social and psychological needs. I have
carried out qualitative research studying the experience of being pregnant in prison. This article will
consider the narrative of one of my research participants, Becky, and is dedicated to her.

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