|Action||Amend Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups to add requirements on restraint of pregnant offenders|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/27/2013|
Protect Pregnant Women and Children
- Restraining pregnant women before and during labor and delivery is inhumane. Restraints increase the risk of accidentally tripping and falling and harming the pregnancy.
- Using restraints during labor and delivery restricts a woman’s movement and could impact medical care. This substantially increases harm to the child.
- Use of restraints on the mother may hinder medical staff trying to provide care during delivery.
- Freedom of movement is essential during postpartum recovery as well. Restraints do not allow bonding after delivery, which is essential for the physical and emotional wellbeing of both mother and child.