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Babies Behind Bars
Sarah McMoyler, RN posted:
I 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.

What do you think? Do these women "deserve" to be with their babies? Or does their crime include removing the baby at birth?

Sarah McMoyler RN
cshyronia responded:
I seen that program. I think every child needs their mother . And being a mother can completey change your life and way of thinking. my only ? is it fair to the child who doesnt get a normal living situation.
Sarah McMoyler, RN replied to cshyronia's response:
Of course, you are right - a dilemma for sure. If there is a pregnancy, better to try and normalize the situation than compound it by separating them. Studies conclude that the bond between mother and child is unmatchable. Adoptive parents can do amazing things to provide love and nurturing - often not replacing the birth mother's connection.

Sarah McMoyler RN

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