Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Agency
Department of Corrections
Board
Board of Corrections
chapter
Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups [6 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
Action Amend Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups to add requirements on restraint of pregnant offenders
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 9/27/2013
spacer
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
8/12/13  8:47 pm
Commenter: Karen Bosley

Protect Pregnant Women and Children
 

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. I commend the Board for proposing regulations limiting the use of restraints and urge it to make these regulations final. 

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.

Thank you for your consideration of these comments.  

Karen Bosley

Richmond, VA

CommentID: 28818