|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
I encourage you to fully support these commonsense permanent regulations to ensure the safety of mothers and their children. These regulations ensure that a consistent policy will be applied by corrections facilities across the Commonwealth.
Restraining pregnant women is a dangerous practice that can result in injury to the mother and trauma to her child. The American Medical Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association all support limiting the use of restraints for pregnant inmates.
The use of restrainsts for pregnant women before and during labor and delivery is inhumane. They restrict a woman’s movement, could hinder medical staff providing care during delivery, and discourage bonding after delivery between mother and child.
I commend the Board for proposing regulations limiting the use of restraints and urge it to make these regulations final.