Mama’s Day Across Bars – to celebrate and honor the bonds created by caregivers across bars. We will be working with members inside to create messages to send to the world about decreasing stigma of incarcerated mamas.
We invite YOU to engage with us by writing a Mama’s Day message and engage in PBP’s online campaign. Harness the collective energy of Mama’s Day to honor and remember all the mamas in our community! #MamasDayAcrossBars
Massachusetts Anti-Shackling Law: Update
The 2014 Massachusetts Anti-Shackling law is one of the most comprehensive in the country, but many jails and prisons in Massachusetts are failing to comply. PBP has been monitoring the law for almost two years and documenting violations in both policy and practice with our ally, Prisoners Legal Service.
PBP is advocating for the passage of “An Act to ensure compliance with the anti-shackling law for pregnant incarcerated women” H. 3679… read more
Quotes from The Prison Birth Project Members-
“Without PBP I would not have received proper nutrition and care.”
“I can be a woman and not an inmate.”
“They [PBP] come often and make me feel real.”
“We need support while we are here, so when we get out we can be leaders.”
“I don’t know what I would have done without [my doula]. She helped my family get things we didn’t have for the baby. She coached me during the birth. She gave great love and support to my family and me. Even though I was incarcerated, I wouldn’t have changed a thing about the birth… [PBP’s support group] gave me support the whole way through, and it is still giving me support.”
“It doesn’t matter what I did to be in prison… I STILL desire to birth MY baby FREELY and with LOVE. The fact that pregnant women have the RIGHT to be FREE from restraint… and that MY story, my time, energy, and activism helped pass this LAW in a major way!!!” ~Kenzie, PBP member, anti-shackling leader
“The Prison Birth Project is a living model for putting Reproductive Justice into action. I love the way they act out and live the concept of intersectionality and demand the protection of human rights.” ~Loretta Ross, co-founder of the Reproductive Justice movement