05:05, October 14 60 0 theguardian.com

2019-10-14 05:05:06
Share your experiences of pregnancy and giving birth while in prison

The death of a newborn baby after a woman gave birth alone in her cell last month has prompted a wave of concern from MPs, medical professionals and those working with prisoners. Since the Guardian’s initial report on the case, 11 separate investigations have been announced aimed at uncovering how this tragedy came about. A central question is how the woman had come to be without medical or emotional support during her labour and the birth of her baby at HMP Bronzefield in Surrey, Europe’s largest female prison.

There are an estimated 600 pregnant women held in prisons in England and Wales, and about 100 babies are born there each year.

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We want to find out more about the experience of pregnancy and giving birth while in prison. Is this something you or a relative have experienced? Do you work in a prison or for an external organisation that supports female prisoners? What are the particular challenges faced by women who spend this critical period behind bars?

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