Reproductive Health of Incarcerated Women


The Minnesota Doula Project

The Minnesota Prison Doula Project (MPDP, formally Isis Rising) is a prison‐based pregnancy, birth, and parenting program provided to incarcerated women at the prison in Shakopee, Minnesota. The program includes a weekly support group facilitated by trained and experienced doulas, as well as individualized support for expectant incarcerated mothers.

Through a generous pilot grant from the University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Program in Health Disparities Research, we are currently evaluating MPDP.

To learn more about the project and our amazing doulas, check out our blog.

Program Newsletters
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Related Research Posters
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Powell Center Research Posters and Conference Photos 2013
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Alyssa Scrignoli





Erin Casey & Chloe Britzius




Leah Schillmoeller





Legislative Advocacy  

Legislative Advisory Committee on the Care of Pregnant Incarcerated Women  

Between October and December, 2014, a group of key stakeholders from corrections, health, human services, and community organizations met to discuss a law, authored by  Senator Barbara Goodwin (DFL, District 41) and Representative Carolyn Laine (DFL, District 41B), that mandated the creation of an advisory committee to review the existing correctional standards for incarcerated pregnant and postpartum women and, after such review, make recommendations for the 2015/2016 legislative session. This successful collaboration led to specific recommendations for modifying the existing legislative language, as outlined in this report.

The Health of Incarcerated Women Briefing Report, Winter 2015 

This brief was compiled using excerpts from the 36-page research-based publication Healthy Generations, Incarceration and Public Health, produced by the Center for Education Leadership in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

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