This article draws on in-depth interviews with a sample of 28 imprisoned pregnant women/new mothers, 10 prison staff and observations to discuss the experience of separation from or anticipation of separation of women from their babies. 

The authors offer a fresh sociological perspective on the ways loss and grief are experienced by women facing separation from their babies in prison, drawing on concepts of uncertainty, loss and disenfranchised grief.

By Laura Abbott, Tricia Scott and Hilary Thomas, at the University of Hertfordshire.

Published in Sociology of Health and Illness.

Compulsory separation of women prisoners from their babies following childbirth
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