The Prison Birth Project Program areas:

Mothers Among Us (MAU) is a support group created by incarcerated mothers to explore the effects of oppression in their lives. Within a social justice framework, we explore issues of motherhood, identity, parenting while navigating the system, and reunifying with children/family. In addition to our group sessions, this program offers direct advocacy, referrals, and resources including fresh food and books.

The Doula Project provides Doula care to women incarcerated at Western Mass Regional Women’s Correctional Center through transitional programs and after release. As Doulas we assist these women through the entire process of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum as well as provide childbirth education.

SUPPORT
by Marianne Bullock

December 9, 2013
Testimony Regarding Bill S. 1171, Bill S. 1125

Joint Committee on Public Safety,

My name is Marianne Bullock, I am the Co-Founder of The Prison Birth Project. We are a community-based program located in Western, Mass that works inside and outside the local jail with people at the intersections of the criminal justice system and parenthood.

In the past 5 years I have worked with over 100 women who have been incarcerated while pregnant – and attended at least 30 births as labor support for women behind bars.