Carolyn Sufrin Researching Pregnant Women Behind Bars
NCCHC board member Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, spoke about the importance of improving data on incarcerated pregnant women at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
The presentation was part of a session titled The Intersection of Maternal and Child Health and the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Sufrin reported on a research collaboration to collect and report data from jails and prisons across the United States. The research is important because there is a lack of data on pregnant and postpartum women behind bars. Data being collected focus on how many pregnant women are admitted as well as maternal and neonatal deaths, with other questions inquiring into specific pregnancy conditions, occurrence of substance use disorder and requests for abortion and infant placement.
Dr. Sufrin is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists liaison to the board. She also is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
The APHA annual meeting took place Oct. 29 - Nov. 2 in Denver.