By The Numbers
4% of the women in state prisons are pregnant when admitted.
67% of women in prison are mothers to dependent children
After birth, mothers return to prison within 48 hours without their infants
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In Their Words
Mothers in our Georgia prison programs were asked to share about their experiences as incarcerated women with children and with Motherhood Beyond Bars. Here’s what they had to say.
Postpartum group is very beneficial to me in many ways. I have had no mental health assistance since returning to prison. I feel like this group is the only place my voice is heard on any level
I write my kids letters to let them know how much they mean to me. I call them once a week to tell them how incredible they are. I want to check in with them to see how they are adjusting to me being away.
The postpartum group is the most beneficial group I have been in because when I’m feeling down I can come around a group of females who are going through the same things every day and it helps me cope.
Being a mother behind bars is hard because you go from seeing your kids everyday to not seeming them at all. It’s hard when you have to go from being a fulltime parent and not even qualifying as a part time parent.
When we got gifts at Christmas I cried so hard because I used to feel like nobody cared about us. But its not true. There are actually people out there who care about me.
It turns out the last words I said to my daughter were a lie. I told her “bye baby, I love you, I will be back tonight to feed you. Mommy loves you.”
Leaving my baby at the hospital was the hardest, most traumatic and devastating thing I have ever experienced.
My birth experience had to be one of the most depressing moments of my life. I had to give birth to my baby girl all alone. I had on one in the room that I knew and that pain alone change me forever.