Babies Behind Bars

Recently watched a program on Oprah’s network about incarcerated mom’s giving birth. Did you know that a few progressive prisons are investing in ‘baby wards’ where women and their babies can live together? Trained healthcare and counseling staff are teaching these moms’ care-taking skills they themselves may never have received. Additionally, there are ‘nannies’ – carefully screened female inmates who surround this new family of two with support…a win/win/win. The mom gives love, the baby is with its mother while others experience the benefit of giving to someone outside of themselves.

What a fascinating concept! Rather than taking the baby away from her (which has to be devastating) provide the opportunity for maternal instincts to emerge in a supportive environment.

Image courtesy of Vice.

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