Are you or someone you know worried about going to prison pregnant or while caring for a baby?
Below are some useful resources for anyone looking for more information about going to prison pregnant or having recently given birth
Prisons with Mother and Baby Units
The following prisons have Mother and Baby Units:
- Eastwood Park
- New Hall
- Askham Grange
*Birth Companions currently supports women in these Mother and Baby Units.
Offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners throughout England and Wales regarding their human and legal rights, conditions of imprisonment and the application of Prison Law and the Prison Rules, Family Law and Immigration Law to prisoners with issues relating to detention or deportation.
What to expect when a family member or friend is sent to prison
A really useful video with a lot of information. While the video is from the point of view of the family member or friend of a man sent to prison, the information is very relevant for women who have been sent to prison.
The Female Prisoners Welfare Project (FPWP) is a registered charity established in 1986 to provide support for females of all ethnic origins and nationalities within the UK criminal justice system. Hibiscus is a branch of FPWP and was set up in 1991 to address the special needs of foreign national women imprisoned in the UK.
The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) is a national charity that provides support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. We support people to make a fresh start, and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment to people who have committed offences, to families and to communities. They offer practical support and advice.
Re-Unite is a UK based housing project, providing a package of support and access to housing for mothers that have been separated from their children whilst serving a prison sentence. Their aim is to be the most effective programme in England and Wales for reuniting and resettling families when a mother is released from prison.
Women in Prison supports and campaigns for women affected by the criminal justice system. They assist women with advice on housing, education, mental health, legal rights, work, benefits, debt, domestic violence, and more.
Clean Break is a theatre, education and new writing company which use theatre for personal and political change, working with women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system.
Action for Prisoners' and Offenders' Families merged with Family Lives in 2014 and works for the benefit of prisoners' and offenders' families by supporting families who are affected by imprisonment. Offers a free confidential helpline for anyone who is affected by the imprisonment of a close family member or friend.
They produce lots of useful leaflets for families affected by imprisonment which you can find here