Motherhood Beyond Bars

An Initiative of Georgia Prison Ministries

Helping women and children move beyond incarceration to health and well-being

Our Story

Every year thousands of women in the United States are pregnant or give birth while incarcerated. Often these women face the trials of pregnancy and labor alone and without the support of loved ones. In the majority of states, women are unable to keep their babies with them in prison, and many don’t see their children more than once or twice a year until their release. The stress of incarceration and early mother-child separation lead to negative health consequences both for incarcerated women and their infants. Motherhood Beyond Bars works to improve the holistic health of incarcerated pregnant women, new mothers, and their children through health education, counseling, and services. We envision a world where incarceration is not a sentence to poor health for women and their children.

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