all moms all the time.


pasiphae nursing minotaurus, 340-320 BC, greece


christine saurez - from the dance performance mother.f*cker

catherine haley epstein - ne me quitte pas

anjali butley - m for mother, motherhood

wanda torres - agatha’s wardrobe - acrylic on fabric, 2011.

withoutacover:

Link here.
This is such a beautiful print. I’d love to own it.

tanya torres - cesarea at dawn

cheryl hanna-truscott, “mandy and hallynn,” from the series protective custody.

cheryl hanna-truscott, “mandi and gabriel,” from the series protective custody.



I believe being pregnant and incarcerated is just about as vulnerable as it gets. Prison nursery programs accommodating the special needs of pregnant, incarcerated women are few in our nation. Washington Corrections Center for Women created the Residential Parenting Program in 1999 allowing select non-violent pregnant inmates with relatively short sentences to maintain custody of their babies after giving birth. The mother-baby pair shares a room, supported by volunteer doulas, inmate caregivers, and an Early Head Start program. Conditions for healthy maternal-infant attachment are provided in a safe, enriched environment: protective custody.
Protective Custody: Within a Prison Nursery has been a natural outgrowth of both professional and personal interests. I had been a practicing nurse-midwife before being recruited to perform medical evaluations of children who are victims of abuse. Empowerment of women, birth, and the critical importance of healthy newborn attachment are at the heart of midwifery. Working in the pediatric abuse clinic put me face-to-face with childhoods traumatized by domestic violence, addictions, neglect, and physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Such histories are risk factors for subsequent drug use and criminal behavior.
Most pregnant women entering prison are separated from their babies after giving birth. Or, from the infants’ point of view, separated from their mothers for crimes they did not commit. These early years are critical for forming healthy attachment, the foundation of all aspects of a child’s development. Healthy babies have a chance to grow into healthy adults. As Frederick Douglass said, “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.”
There is a decreased recidivism rate from the women who have participated in the RPP, and preliminary findings from research done on two similar programs in New York shows that infants met all developmental mental and motor milestones within the prison setting. Continued support in the community after release is critical to solidify gains made during confinement. This is where any one of us can make a difference.

aglaé bory - from the series corrélations, 2006-2009.
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