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Maternity care for women in prisons in England and Wales

02 July 2016
3 min read
Volume 24 · Issue 7

Any maternity service can be measured by the care we provide to the most vulnerable in our society. Women in prison and their babies deserve the best of care. The Birth Charter for women in prisons in England and Wales, launched by Birth Companions (2016) in May 2016, gives us a wonderful opportunity to improve the support given to women and babies in prison, not just for the prison service, but for everyone involved in their care.

The newest strategy for midwifery, nursing and care staff in England (Cummings, 2016) implores us to end unwarranted variation in health care. Health inequalities must be tackled, and the best way to do this is to start at the very beginning of life. Women in prison are experiencing some of the most stark health inequalities (Delap, 2016):

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