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Improving Healthcare for Incarcerated Women

August 20, 2015 @ 1:00 am - 2:30 pm


Incarcerated women have unique, gender-specific health care needs, including full-spectrum pregnancy care, family planning, and other sexual and reproductive health issues. Many women have had limited access to care, including prenatal care, before incarceration, presenting an opportunity to provide much needed services.  Addressing the reproductive health needs of incarcerated women is an important medical and public health measure, with benefits for women and for the correctional facility.  This webinar will review the unique health care needs of incarcerated women and will offer research-based strategies and standards of care for best attending to these issues. In addition to presenting research on contraception, opiate dependence in pregnancy and non-use of restraints with pregnant women, innovative programs such as doula support for pregnant women in custody and pre-release family planning clinics will be discussed.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the reproductive characteristics and health needs of women in custody.
  • Review evidence-based and best practices around pregnancy care and the non-use of restraints.
  • Learn about models for providing pre-release family planning services to women, and other innovative programs (e.g., doula support during labor).
  • Provide input on materials that would be helpful to improving reproductive health care services.
  • Learn about relevant resources.

Presenter: Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gyn/Ob, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Online seating is limited to the first 200 registrants on a first come, first served basis. Register Now


August 20, 2015
1:00 am - 2:30 pm




National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women