State takes a gentler approach to pregnant women behind bars

Here’s a positive, and hopefully growing, alternative happening in Minnesota—doulas, or birth coaches, are now mandated by law at every labor of a woman who is in prison or jail. It only makes sense that if a woman has a positive childbirth experience, she will be more bonded with her child and that connection, experts have told me, greatly increases the odds she will strive to stay out of jail or prison in the future.


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