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Impact of forced separation policy on incarcerated postpartum mothers.
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PMID:  20022914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The number of incarcerated women in the United States is steadily increasing with 9% giving birth while serving time. Mothers and babies are routinely separated immediately and during most of the postpartum period. This qualitative study examines the impact of this policy by exploring the nature and meaning of the mother-infant bonding experience when the mothers know separation is coming. Twelve incarcerated postpartum mothers were interviewed during the early postpartum period about their antepartum and postpartum relationships with their babies. Qualitative data analysis produced four relational themes: (a) "a love connection," (b) "everything was great until I birthed," (c) "feeling empty and missing a part of me," and (d) "I don't try to think too far in advance." Results of this qualitative study provide information to professionals exploring gender-sensitive prison policies for the growing female population.
Angelina N Chambers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Policy, politics & nursing practice     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1552-7468     ISO Abbreviation:  Policy Polit Nurs Pract     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-08     Completed Date:  2010-04-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100901316     Medline TA:  Policy Polit Nurs Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  204-11     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06536-0740, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Health*
Health Policy* / legislation & jurisprudence
Mother-Child Relations
Mothers / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Nursing Methodology Research
Object Attachment
Postnatal Care* / organization & administration,  psychology
Postpartum Period / psychology
Prisoners / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Prisons / organization & administration*
Qualitative Research

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