Title

Reaching out: caring for women prisoners in Western Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

Place of Publication

United Kingdom

RAS ID

19103

Comments

Originally published as: Geraghty, S. (2015). Reaching out: caring for women prisoners in Western Australia. The Practising Midwife, 18(1), 26-28. Original article available here.

Abstract

Incarcerated women are a vulnerable group with complex needs in pregnancy, birth and early parenting; and this is further complicated with a drug and/or alcohol addiction. Prior to the establishment of an antenatal outreach clinic in a Western Australian prison for women, pregnant inmates received fragmented antenatal care. Some of the women did not disclose drug and alcohol issues for fear of involvement of child protection services, and some refused to be transported for care to maternity hospitals for antenatal appointments.

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