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Mama's Day Messages Across Bars

This Mama's Day, the Prison Birth Project celebrates the incredible strength and courage it takes to be a mother behind bars each day.

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Lets make Massachusetts be the 19th state to outlaw shackling!

We are making history in Massachusetts!!

The Senate and House have UNANIMOUSLY PASSED Anti Shackling Bill. Next it goes to the Governors desk.

After the governor signs Massachusetts will be the 19th state to end the shackling of pregnant women in jails and prisons. This comprehensive bill also establishes a standard of care for pregnant women in custody of the Dept. of Corrections.

PBP would like to thank our members who have been affected by the use of restraint in labor, who have spent hours looking over and working on language for this bill, offered ideas and input, talked to the media, college classrooms, friends and family or written their stories.

Articles about Anti Shackling:

State should stop shackling inmates in labor. The Boston Globe. March 17, 2014

Massachusetts One Step Closer to Outlawing Shackling during Childbirth, Guaranteeing Minimum Standards for Pregnant Women in Prison. MomsRising. March 26th, 2014 by Rachel Roth

Read about the history and organizing for the antishackling legislation in Mass ! Truthout. March 21, 2014 By Victoria Law.

Narratives

I only have my sister for support. My mom left me when I was 16 with my lil' sister to raise. I did a good job cuz she finished school and know she has 3 of her own kids and she takes care of my...

It's out there
far beyond the setting sun
farther yet than I have come
High above the tallest peak
for me. Yes only me to seek.
I want to be content.
where...

I don’t know why life takes the turns that it does, I don’t know what my purpose is and what lesson I’m supposed to be learning. I don’t know what my future holds but I do know that I want to be...